1347, earthquake!

This was a good one. I could see the room swaying and hear the structure creaking as it moved. This one seemed to last longer than the last one (probably less than a minute but it seemed longer).

When you live/work several stories above street level, “earthquake” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s interesting to note what goes through ones mind at a time like this. 

I had flashes of the building above falling down on me. Then, I thought, I’m in my pj’s, I don’t want to be found wearing them. Then: who cares, if the building falls, what I’m wearing will be the least of my worries.

Taiwan is on the edge of the “ring of fire”; there is a lot of seismic activity here. This earthquake was centered several hours south so I can only imagine what those poor folk felt.

Earthquakes, typhoons, and floods – oh my!

This week started off with a bang – literally! At 5am I was awoken by the building shaking and swaying and the sounds of, well of a 6.0 earthquake! http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb000absf.php

It lasted about a minute but seemed longer. And all week, we’ve had after-shocks and a few more tremblers. (You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a ‘quake on the top floor of a 20-story building.) I’m told this is normal for this region: I’ve experienced more earth-shaking in this past week than in the past year! Maybe there’s an earthquake “season”?

Then of course, on Monday, at 2am, the torrential rains started. And I mean TORRENTIAL! So much so that suddenly, my outside wall was leaking water – and “little Lake Tong Hua” was forming in my bedrooms. Needless to say, it was not a restful night. Between the sheets of driving rain and the howling wind, they cancelled work – of course only after I’d arrived. LOL

6:16pm earthquake #3

This one was a BIG one – at least it SOUNDED like it. I could hear (and feel) the apartment building moving and the windows buckle.  The shaking kept up for only a few minutes. Odd, these ‘quakes feel…more personal. I’ve experienced others in the US but these (in Taiwan) are close. I mean, this isn’t a big island and we are sitting smack dab on a fault, with a huge drop-off shelf off of the east coast so it’s to be expected. Still, talking about it and living it are two different things. It makes me wonder what sort of natural disasters are in store for us in 2012…

Earthquake #2

We’re sitting at our desks this morning and I could feel the building sway – we are on the 19th floor so you can imagine what that feels like! No one moved or really even said anything except for my “Is it me or are we having an earthquake?” Apparently these are so common no one reacts. Either that or this is a really Zen society…

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