I just experienced an earthquake

@gxnfly (1148)
China
May 12, 2008 3:36am CST
I was sitting in front of my computer screen mylotting.Then I felt a little shake,and I didn't know what's going on.I saw my computer screen was shaking,my desk,and the bed was shaking too.I didn't know what was going on.I know it's shaking ,the first thing going round in my mind was that the shaking might damage my computer!So I saved what I was writing and turned off the computer quickly. Then the shake went a little fiercer.Earthquake!But I was wearing pajamas then.I tried to find my clothes,but I was nervous and scared ,I thought I might don't get enough time to put my clothes on.So just grab my boyfriend's coat and wrapped me in it.When I was about to leave,I moved my computer off to the floor,I was afraid it might fall off the dest and break.Then I grab my keys,the moment I locked the door,I heard the mirror fell off the wall and broke.I ran to my roomate's door crying and knocking,but nobody answered.So I just ran down stairs to the street.Lots of people are running!Then I found my leg was shaking like crazy because of the fear. It lasted several minutes.Now many people are still out there in the street,I just got back.I tried to call my boyfriend and my family.All the calls are disconnected.Now I still can't make any calls.I just chatted with some friends online.According to them,the earthquake happened in Jiangsu,Zhejiang,Sichuan,and Shanxi etc.Fortunately it's not a big earthquake and nobody was hurt right now.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
12 May 08
That's lucky of u that u escape in time.. BUt i'm wondering, is your computer more important than your life?? If not, y will u bother to move your computer to the floor and ended up with not having enough time for u to change?? this is 1 thing i dun quite understand.. But wat matters most that, u are fine and hopefully that u can contact your bf and family members real soon ^_^
@gxnfly (1148)
• China
13 May 08
I was total blank in my brain then.I didn't know what's going on.I saw this little shake,all I knew in my head was ,this shake is no good to my computer!My God! Atually,the epicentre of the quake was 93 kilometres north of Chengdu,the capital of Sichuan province.We felt it in other provinces,including our province Shanxi.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
13 May 08
I am sure it would be tough to think, as you only have a few seconds to think and react!
@gxnfly (1148)
• China
14 May 08
Thank you for caring.The phone is connected alrealdy.My familiy and my bf are OK.
• India
12 May 08
Wow!!! you are the first person I have come across who has witnessed an earthquake. How it must feel to have the very firm ground shaking under our feet and you have so little time to gather yourself from the shock and move out of the closed rooms! I am glad that it was not very severe and you have suffered no loses. How’s the computer, I see that you value it more than your life!
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@gxnfly (1148)
• China
13 May 08
I just didn't know what was going on then.Felt some shaking ,the first thing going around my mind was,this shake does no good to my computer! Then when the shake began fiercer ,I thought the building was going to collapse or something,still had no idea that it was an earthquake! Actually,The epicentre of the quake was 93 kilometres north of Chengdu,the capital of Sichuan province.Shanxi,the place I live,and other provinces shook by the earthquake, too.We are lucky to be alive.But thousands of people were killed in Wenchuan of Sichuan province.Terrible!
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• India
13 May 08
Hi Gnxfly, Just got to know about the terrible earthquake that rocked your country yesterday. I think it was a more fierce continuation of the mild one you all felt in your area. The moment I heard in on TV I was thinking of you. I do hope you and all your acquaintances are OK.
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@gxnfly (1148)
• China
14 May 08
Thank you ,I'm OK.We are all fine.
• United States
12 May 08
Wow Gxnfly, thats amazing. So glad you are alright. I am sure there will be news reports here later in the morning about it. What reports are getting as of right now about the quake?
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@zz1111 (215)
• China
13 May 08
yes,it is so lucky that he is ok!you know,the earthquake just happened in myhometown,sichuan and chongqing.my ...it is crazy!i never hear that before,and of course dont know how about is it! now,all in everyday`s news is that earthquake,and how many people hurt and die .it is so sad and bad!
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• United States
12 May 08
Oh how scary!!! I don't know what I would do if I was ever in an earthquake! I would probably freak out! Of course I would first get my animals somewhere safe!!! Probably keep them with me when I went outside. I hope that you're okay now and you haven't lost anything too important to you! The mirror that broke wasn't some important family treasure or gift was it? Did you lose anything else!? It's good no one was hurt!!
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
12 May 08
Though it may not have been a very big earthquake, it still sounds like a terrifying experience to me. The worse I have ever seen is a real bad rainstorm with lightning. I am glad that you are okay and everyone else seems okay as well. I am sorry about your mirror though.
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@gxnfly (1148)
• China
13 May 08
It's really lucky to be alive.I didn't take it seriously then,I wasn't sure it was a earthquake till I ran down stairs.I thought the building was going to collapse because of some reason. But when I heard it from the news last night,I knew how terrible it was,9219 lives were lost in this earthquake! The epicentre of the quake was 93 kilometres north of Chengdu,the capital of Sichuan province.But we felt it in our province and other provinces.
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@renee0909 (152)
• China
13 May 08
I was taking nap when the shake wakened me up. And then I saw the TV, lighting tube and the bed shaking. I heard someone crying 'earthquake'. And when I standing before the window, I saw people in the street behave just as usual. But I felt the building was shaking. That frightened me greatly. I am living on the 6th floor. I thought there was no time to get down so I sheltered into the toilet. It is a safer place because of the tubes. By the way, I am living in Lanzhou. Xian was influenced greater than Lanzhou. Hope you are all right.
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@kiran1978 (4138)
• Australia
13 May 08
I am so glad you are okay, that would have been very terrifying for you. it is awful the amount of people that have lost their lives I pray for their familes and pray that noone else is hurt, especially you. Take care, keep us updated if you get a chance.
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• Pakistan
13 May 08
God we had this terrible earthquake in our country some 2 yrs ago it devasted or shall i say wiped out entire towns i was unable to sleep weeks after it
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• China
12 May 08
First of all,I am glad to hear that you are safe!But I still very worried~ I am also a Chinese,I live in Shenyang,Lingning.I am very concerned about this earthquake,because many of my friends and classmates live there,Itried to call them,but it was unable to get through!I hope that they are also safe! I surfed the internet about this earthquake just now,and the newest news said the earthquake center in Wenchuan,Sichuan. The magnitude is 7.8. I think the year of 2008 is a severe test to our country! but we should believe that we can pass through all difficulites successfully! In addition,your English is very good~I am glad to make friends with you!
@subha12 (18463)
• India
12 May 08
i have just haerd that china has experiencved earth quack. but there is no news about casualties. hope there is none. I have my prayers with people.
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• Vietnam
12 May 08
glad u r ok .It's a experience that u never want to see again
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@hanyixin (67)
• China
12 May 08
so lucy ...you are all right. i am in changsha now,smoe friend said they have experienced the earthquake but me ...they were very scared and didn't what should do next..lucyly ,it last a few secends... now there aren't the hurt reports in the press ,and many pepole cann't connect their friends in sichuan where have an 7.8 earthquake ..i hope pepole in sichuan will be all right.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
12 May 08
I have just this minute heard about this on the news in the UK, so you must live right near it then, I am glad to hear that you are ok though. It must have been really scary for you, not knowing what was going on or how bad it was going to be. I hope that there was not too much damage to your area or the surrounding areas. But I am really glad that you are ok.
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@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
13 May 08
gxnfly I hope that you and your family are okay, we you able to get a hold of your boyfriend. OMG, that was no little earthquake. It's all over the news over here. gxnfly I'm so sorry to read about what happen over there. Please take care and be careful. The earthquake measure 7.9, I believe that is big. How far away are you from the epicecenter? We have been so lucky, we have not gotten a big earthquake. I can understand how you feel, when you lose control and there nothing you can do but wait until it stops.
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
13 May 08
I am glad everything was ok with you. It seems like you are very lucky. The pictures that they are showing us, is so devastating. I hope you stay safe.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
13 May 08
I hope you are still alright. I saw pictures of this on the Canadian and on the American news and it was just devastating. I am amazed to actually see people from China writing this online! May God continue to protect you and your friends and family.
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
13 May 08
Wow, is the only thing I can think of. My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones with this earthquake, and to the people that lost their homes. I never have experienced one, and not looking forward to the New Madrid fault to go off. I'm used to tornados and hurricanes, but not the ground shaking. I wouldn't know what to do, probably freak out. Your country is in my prayers.
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@xiaoyue (206)
13 May 08
Hi!Are you right now?I keep my fingers acrossed for you here!Everything is going to be ok!God bless you!
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13 May 08
OMG that must have been very scarry, how are you feeling now??. Apparently here in the UK we have more earthquakes than any other country but they are so small that we don't feel them luckily, but i'm always concerned just in case it does happen. Is that the first one that you have ever encountered?, i hope not too many people you know got hurt. I will be thinking of you all at this scarry time. All the best Aqua
@dpk262006 (52310)
• Delhi, India
13 May 08
We are all very disturbed and sorry to hear about the earthquake. We are also shaken to hear the news of destruction. Hope God will give strength to those, who have lost their near and dear ones. I also hope that everything is fine at your end and you are safe and sound and your family members too are safe.
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