Hey Homer... is that the Ground Moving?

Did You Feel That???

It was a pleasant day here in the deep south. It was early afternoon and a gentle breeze blew softly through the house... The french doors were open, the porch swing in view, and the quietness of peace was permeating the atmosphere.

As I inwardly gave thanks to the Lord for all that I could see and for all that I had, I suddenly noticed... it.

Out of the corner of my eye, I say the artificial tree that stands next to my green day sofa. It was so clear that I froze and just stared. The leaves, the leaves on the artificial tree; they were moving.

As I watched the motion and as my brain tried to process what my eyes were seeing, there was new stimuli flooding my mind, vying for first place in the processing line-up. Not only were the leaves moving, but the whole artificial tree was moving! It was swaying from side to side as if to the sound of some song only it could hear. Back and forth, forth and back.

As I allowed my mind to wrap around this new information, more stimuli came to the forefront. I suddenly realized that I was moving too! The green sofa I was sitting on, and everything that was sitting on it, was moving; all with that same rhythmic motion.

What was That?

My thoughts were really s..l..o..w that day. I thought, "We are moving? Why are we moving?" I continued to watch the tree and its leaves, needing confirmation...."Yep, we really are moving? I wonder why?"

As the fact that we were moving became a final reality, my thoughts went to, "Could there be something under the couch that is making us move?" "Maybe an animal got in the house and is under the couch moving us!" "Could that be it?"

I then logically thought as follows, "How could a big enough animal get under the couch without me knowing it?" It would have to be a really big animal to move both the couch and the tree, and me?"

"Hmmm, should I look under the couch?" "Nope!!!, If something is there, I am gonna need reinforcements!" "Maybe I should put my feet on the sofa just in case it,(whatever it is) wants to make a run for it."

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Duh!!!! Live and Learn

I am a native Southern Californian (even though I have not lived there in over 20 years). I have experienced every earthquake that has occurred in the L. A. area since 1971.

Big ones, small ones and baby sized ones. The ones that made you dive under the piano and the ones that made you yawn... I am a veteran earthquake experiencer.

So, when we came to Georgia, I was earthquake conscious. So much so, that I had to remind myself whenever a strong wind caused the buildings here to sway, that I was no longer in California. And, that swaying was more likely to be caused by a tornado as opposed to an earthquake.

This was the great state of Georgia. A state that is literally built on granite... I mock thee San Andreas fault....Ha.. Ha.. I am over 2500 miles from Los Angeles and your domination.

Surely there are no earthquakes here... tornadoes maybe, remnants of hurricanes from Florida maybe, deadly lightening storms and plenty of strange bugs, but no earthquakes.

Or so I thought.

Without a Doubt...

Surely not here, Minerva

The knowledge that earthquakes occur in other places outside of California came at 4:50am on April 29, 2003. I was still in bed when suddenly I felt the familiar rolling motion that is unique to every earthquake.

Again, my lightening sharp mind began to process the movement. "That's an earthquake!" "But, wait a minute...this is Georgia!" (intelligent pause) "But, it is still an earthquake." "Yeah...it sure is.?"

Next, the assessment, "How strong is it? Not very, so, I'm going back to sleep."

That experience was eye opening only because it taught me that earthquakes do occur in the south. However, earthquake vet that I am, there was not one moment during or after this most recent couch shaking experience that I equated with an earthquake.

Not Alone...

The lack of regularly occurring earthquakes has dulled my earthquake sensor.

Don't get me wrong, I am not an earthquake lover... and, I am sure that a dulled earthquake sensor has reduced some unnecessary stress in my life. So, I don't mind that I've grown dull. Sort of like, out of sight, out of mind.

I suppose I would have recognized the earthquake if it had lasted longer or if it was accompanied by their characteristic audible rumble. But, I was completely clue-less; that is until a fellow ex-Californian called.

She asked if I'd felt the earthquake. It was then that the light came on and the synapses in my brain began to fire... "Oh!!! That's... Ohhh. That's why.... Ooohhhhh, I wondered what was........ Humph, an earthquake huh?, Well Praise God!"

I was almost ashamed of my ignorance. Earthquake vet that I am... I should have known it was an earthquake the very second the movement started.

As these thoughts were trying to take root in my thought-life, my friend continued to talk. My attention was brought back to her conversation.... I hear her saying, "I just wanted to know if you felt it so I could be sure that I wasn't crazy!

Oh happy day! I didn't need to concern myself about my earthquake detection dullness for I had a friend who was dulling up too! I was not alone!

Relax and Be Happy

The knowledge that my friend and I were both on the same wave length made me feel better.

So, with the shaking over, the tree standing still and the couch becoming even more comfortable, I went back to doing the only logical thing to do... sit on back and snooze.

I am so glad that southern earthquakes are so far and in between that folk like me and my friend almost forget what they feel like.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

We got a few aftershocks all the way up here. I kinda missed it, though. I thought a tree hit the building, again. Some fool planted cottonwoods outside our building; they have aged to the point where they don't stand up in a high wind!


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LeslieAdrienne 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Wow...

Why doesn't the city reinforce them or do like they do here in GA... bulldoze them and plant some other kind?

Thanks for the comment.... I appreciate it


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I love the line, should I look under the couch?! lol that must have been some big animal! but I know what you mean, we had one over here in England a few years ago, and all I could here was this deep moaning sound, and then everything started to shake! I was so enthralled by the fact that we were having an earthquake that instead of jumping out of bed, 1 in the morning!, I just sat there stating the obvious fact, 'its an earthquake, how cool is that?' ha ha it went on for about 2 minutes then stopped, it never dawned on me that it may turn into a big quake! lol America seems to be going through it at the moment, what with the quake and the hurricane! cheers nell


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LeslieAdrienne 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for your comment Nell... I am glad you enjoyed the hub...

You are right about us going through... pray for us

Thanks again, Leslieadrienne


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Kristeen 5 years ago from Michigan

Very enjoyable read. I am from Michigan and didn't feel the quake at all. I have to say I have never felt an earthquake. I'm sure I would be a little confused as to what was going on and more than likely fearful also.


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LeslieAdrienne 5 years ago from Georgia Author

God Bless you and thank you Kristeen;

When the earthquakes are little, you barely notice movement and by the time it registers to your brain that you were moving the quake is over.

When they are big they fell like somebody grabbed the earth and just started shaking it rapidly from side to side.

But, as you know, when you are raised in an area, whatever the natural irritation to the earth that is common to that area, (tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, dust storms, monsoons and all of the rest) you learn to not only deal with, but to also gain a tolerance for...

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