You must have heard by now about the 7.2 earthquake just across the Mexican border from us near Mexicali. It kind of shook up our Easter afternoon nap. For us, lights swayed, the computer monitor shook and I was a little concerned, but nothing fell and nothing broke. Not even pictures on the wall moved. The cat took off and is still hiding far back under the bed in the spare room and we haven't seen him since. Even the birds stopped singing for a while. It was the most we have felt of any earthquake since we have lived here for the past 36 years.
There is still a 5% chance of a 6.0 for about another 24 hours. Our house is on a solid mesa of granite, so we are 'relatively' safe. We keep a stock of water and food supplies in all the time for just such emergencies. I was actually reading the newspaper and I felt the chair shaking so I knew immediately what it was. It did continue longer than other shakes we have had -- maybe 30-40 seconds. The house and large patio windows creaked a bit but not much more than when the temperatures drop in the evening and the floor rolled. I may be sorry for saying it, but honestly, for us in our particular site and situation, I'd rather have an earthquake than a tornado. We had plenty of those when we were in Minnesota.
However, across the street...do you remember my post on New Year's Day about the young fellows there who built a balanced rock pile? This was my blog back then:
These are the pictures I took today:
They were not successful. It is now as you see in the first picture. They are going to wait until tomorrow, the ground is still shaking every now and then.
You will perhaps note that in my New Year's blog above I mention that they had had a couple of earthquakes over the border back then. I just remarked today at Easter Brunch with our family that there had been three 4.0's just over the border in the last three days. So I'm still claiming my rather 'shaky' (sorry, no pun intended!) title of earthquake predictor. And if you are laughing at me and my title, I've been telling my family one is coming ever since the Chile one. They've stopped laughing but they don't take me seriously. My theory is that they move north (slowly) erupting at soft spots as they go. Ah well, you can laugh! I can take it.