Friday, September 16, 2011

Shake, Shake Shake

Michael is gone.

There are some things which are just "right". We should not shake when Michael is gone. There are shaking parts of the day and sleeping parts of the day. It is plain rude for the shaking parts to intrude on the sleeping parts of the day.

This is how our morning went.

4:26 a.m. a LONG 6.3.....did I say it was long? Long enough for me to wake up, figure out what it was, wonder if it would quit, try to remember where Mike left the NEO folder,  and realize we were still shaking. Not particularly violent this time though.... a lot of swaying. I like that better than the jarring ones. Nonetheless, I reached over and grabbed the ipad to check Facebook.

Why?

I suppose to confirm I was not crazy and was in fact shaking in my sleep.....and also, with Michael gone, I knew he wouldn't be recalled, (duh) but if there WERE a tsunami warning  there would be loud speakers declaring this on the base. I could rely on  friends to post helpful tidbits such as,  "do not go to the ocean," and "tsunami coming - run for the base". ::snort::  I realize I have a fun imagination, but I wasn't simply being fanciful...I did hear something on the public loud speakers out here in Oriase.

But THEN we kept having them. I wonder why it's been silent for nearly a month and then so many so close together. Ah well....this is the norm and the stillness worries me more than an occasional swaying.

For those at home wondering....if they say Iwate-ken  or Sanriku Oki or Aomori or Misawa-Shi - those will be felt by US....if they are over about 4...usually.  The numbers on the right in the above chart are the Japanese system....the others are the international numbers.

This is a time lapse map that is plain ole fun to visit when we're "busy".  You can get a feel for it by going to the site and when it loads clicking 12 or 24 hours and watching. This shows we DID have 6 over 5 between around 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. and one smaller one at 10:16 a.m. To find us....see the main island the most northern label is "morioka" and we're about 1/4 in north...

The older three kids are down actually in this area today on a mission trip.  I had wondered how the young ones would respond to waking up early to take them to the bus....that was solved by the shaking. ::grin::


Choosing Joy!
©2011 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

1 comment:

growingwisely.com said...

How do your kids handle all the shaking? When I was about 10 we lived in Guatemala and went through a period with a lot of earthquakes. I remember a feeling of just never being secure because, well, if the ground isn't stable what can you rely on?! You've had way more shaking this year than we ever did...

--Sarah