Since I left Japan, I sure wasn't planning on writing about earthquakes anymore, but today's events just really left me in shock!
I grew up in Virginia Beach, and trust me, we were not taught in schools what to do in the event of an earthquake. Hurricanes we deal with on an annual basis - I couldn't even begin to tell you how many we've been through or barely missed. Earthquakes though? Never, ever, ever thought about dealing with one back home.
Needless to say I was really shocked when my Facebook feeds were exploding from all the updates from my friends back home - half of them weren't even sure if it was an earthquake because they've never experienced one. One of my friends actually thought it was an attack on the area - a much more plausible event back east than the improbable earthquake! I know the 5.8 quake today wasn't nearly the magnitude of the Japanese quake back in March, but that doesn't mean that hundreds of thousands of people weren't terrified during the freak show, not knowing what to do. The buildings aren't equipped to take the stresses of such rattling, which is a terrifying thought.
What really bothers me is that there was also a freak earthquake just hours earlier in Colorado. What are the chances? As I've said before, I was very happy to leave Japan and not come back because the insistent rattling after "the big one" just left me feeling like the earth wasn't done with all it needed to do. I never would have thought that our planet is this uncomfortable though, needing to shift in the most random areas.
A few months ago during my self-implemented earthquake therapy, I posted a bunch of tips of what to do in the event of an earthquake - pulled from places such as FEMA and Earthquake Country. Please take a moment to check out either of those sites, or my old post where I compiled the info. What other disasters is your area prone to? Does your family know what to do? Are your emergency supplies gathered? Its better to prepare for unlikely, rather than be caught off guard and not being able to take care of those who depend on you.