Earthquake - have you experienced it? How did it feel?

@vandana7 (64894)
India
April 14, 2010 1:48pm CST
I have experienced earthquake only twice in my life. The first time it lasted longer. There seemed to be some magnetic link between my insides to the earth's core! But before I could completely understand it (it happened in the night), it was over. The second time it was much too bried for any such feelings. But it came with tremendous speed and noise! I would like to know how it feels when you all face such calamities like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis.
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34 responses
14 Apr 10
Ive experienced 2 earthquakes, however both times I slept through them, the one time I remember all of my friends had put on their facebook status's "I cant believe I survived an earthquake" I put on my status "I am thinking, what earthquake? I didnt feel anything" As we dont get many earthquakes in the uk it was a pretty big deal for everyone. The next earthquake, again I was in bed fast asleep and was told about it the next day!
@vine88 (1038)
• India
15 Apr 10
So you have not experienced, you are in dream, don't you see any things in dream about earthquake? -vine
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
@Auntiescarf, lucky you. :) I dont always get that deep sleep. :) If ever there is a fatal one, I hope I will be as fast asleep that I dont realize it. :) @vine - I dont know why you are out here hurting people. My dreams and my nightmares are not same as yours. Even though I have been aware of earthquakes - I dont get them in my dream, how can you expect Auntiescarf to experience it. She is, in all probability, a kindred soul. God didnt want her to know it. I think of it like that.
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17 Apr 10
@vandana7, Ive always slept that deep, I was pretty disappointed that I didnt wake up, like I said it was a big deal, on every news channel, in every newspaper, everyone was talking about feeling the floor move, seeing things fall off the walls, so I was a little disappointed as I still dont know what all the fuss was about lol! Although I do think that some people may have exagerrated it, as I dont think that everyone in my house would sleep through it if it was really as bad, some parts of the country were affected more than others but I dont think that its possible for my end of the street to not feel anything and the other end saying that everything came off the walls lol!
@ridwan08 (1184)
• Indonesia
14 Apr 10
just one time i experience with earthquake and i feel low scala richter,because my position is so far for earthquake centre,so i can feel earthquake with low scala richter.i headache at that time and want to vomit.
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@vine88 (1038)
• India
15 Apr 10
hahhaha Oh really ! you feel headache, want to vomit. what kinda experience is that? Does other people feel like that? -vine.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Hi vine, actually - there is one more person who has mentioned that. Some motions do make people want to vomit! I think wavy motion that some described may be similar to being at sea! So sea sickness type of feeling I suppose. It is not a matter to laugh at all vine. In all probability there are different types of earthquakes! one where crust is crumbling inwards, just like landslides, another where molten lava is moving into the crevices melting the upper layers creating the wavy feeling. @ridwan, I do understand how you feel. And though what I felt was very different from what you experienced, I have to agree that such feeling may be possible. Thanks for participating and sharing your experience. :)
• Singapore
14 Apr 10
in my country does not has earthquake but i have tried it already that was when a neighbor country got a terrible earthquake and it affected us until we can feel how the block was moving that was so scary and i do not know what to do cos my house in the 11 floor so no point of running .
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@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Yes, that is most scary! But even those who are down on the road are not really safe, are they? Because at times the earth just breaks apart - as it happened in our country in Gujarat. Or may be a building collapses on them. So 11th floor or not, if god wants us to do something for him, we will be around. :)
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
14 Apr 10
Sweetie, i have never experienced something like that. And i don't think i ever want to. It sounds and looks scary enough. TATA.
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@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Hi saphrina, I hope you dont either. Its a scary feeling, it comes from the pit of your stomach for a couple of days you constantly think whether you felt the rocking movement once more, and you need somebody else to confirm that they didnt feel it. :)
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• United States
14 Apr 10
I have experienced a few. I am from California and I remember the earthquake in 1994 and how scared I was. I have always hated earthquakes and the last couple of earthquakes (the one in Haiti and the one in China) have made me cry. It can be scary because things become damaged,
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@vine88 (1038)
• India
15 Apr 10
Earth is not happy with peoples.
@webgirl01 (693)
• United States
14 Apr 10
Hello there, I have experience earthquakes. Last time as a 5.6 like a year or two years ago and the fault was somewhere in my area. And then another one was like 2 or 3 weeks ago in california where it as around 4 am in the morning. It felt as if there was a big wind shaking. It would be scary to face such calamaties like earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.
@vine88 (1038)
• India
15 Apr 10
Thank God, you are alive.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Yes webgirl, I too think that god saves us from calamities if he has some purpose for us. He has looked after you. :) The description is scary enough, and I do believe it, considering that the event was so recent. Your recollection may be closer to being accurate. :)
@annierose (17692)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
hi vandana7, I had experienced earthquake for so many times. Of all those earthquakes, what I won't forget is when I was still in high school. I was sleeping then when I hear my brother telling me to wake up. He is on the door of my room and seems to be holding something. I do not know why he is waking me up. All I can remember is his face that seems to be very nervous. Before that, I heard the dogs barking so much. And when I finally open my eyes, I feel like someone is swaying me on my bed. I woke up immediately when my brother said there is an earthquake. I got off the bed get out of my room. I stay calm and just trying to feel the earthquake if it will continue or not. Thanks God, it doesn't last long. My brother was so scared that time. He told us that he was just watching tv when he heard the barks of the dogs and it alarms him. Then he feels something shaking and when he realize its an earthquake he holds the tv and computer. He was so nervous and he doesn't know how he was able to wake us up.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
3 May 10
Hi annierose, I am sorry I am responding so late. The problem is when I receive so many responses I feel my responses would become mechanical - this is not something I want to respond lightly about. Hope you will understand and forgive. Your experience is indeed understandable. Did it feel like the rocking we feel in the trains at times? Lucky nothing bad happened. Next time your brother shouldn't be near TV or computers. Dont know how electrical gadgets behave in such situations.
• Netherlands
14 Apr 10
What was the word for earthquake phobia? Yes, I've experienced several earthquakes and I would have to say it's a very scary feeling to live in an old building and in an risky area, and also knowing there's not much you can do about it. So yeah, I do feel scared of it, but after it actually happens and I do not know how but I manage to gain my cool in the moment and hide under door (survival instinct I guess). I wouldn't live in Japan, that's for sure.
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@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
@dimitarivanov, I think you are very brave. I think there is a difference between being brave, and being foolhardy. People who are brave are essentially people who are scared. People who are foolhardy on the other hand would venture without a care and therefore, would not let their minds think intelligently for a solution. I too am terrified of that feeling, even though I experienced it for less than 10 seconds. Yes, the fact that we cant do much makes us want to avoid thinking about it. Only brave have that survival instinct. :) Japanese too must be feeling like that dimitarivanov. Pity they cant go elsewhere. :(
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 10
The Sylmar quake, 1971, and the Northridge quake, 1994, were the two big ones that I felt. I've been in many small quakes. In the Sylmar quake, I had no idea what was happening. In the Northridge quake, I did. It was frightening, but not terrifying.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Hi Dawn, how far is terrifying from frightening? :) Our city is supposed to be less prone to earthquakes. But I have experienced two in last 16 odd years. I think another one is due anytime now. :( Both the earthquakes that I felt were of very short duration though intense. The epicenter was quite far away. I only know that it felt strange to be connected to the earth's center that way. :)
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 10
OH I don't know, terrifying to me implies that I'm farther out of control. If I'm frightened, I'm scared, but I can act. Terrified, I'm frozen...
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Ok. Thanks. :) GAA acted on it. :)
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
15 Apr 10
it was in 1991 when the mount pinatubo, a very quiet volcano in the north part of luzon, the philippines. miles and miles away, when it erupted, i was in the 11th floor of a building in the city of makati. the quake shook the building vertically as i felt it and later, i feel that i was shaking sideways. as we go down the building, everybody was so scared but no one rattled. all vehicles stopped and traffic was everywhere. as i walk away from the building, i still feel the shakes and i looked back at the building, i saw it as if it was still shaking.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Hi neildc, this is very scary! Volcano! You all live so close ot active volcano? :( Good thing you were able to come down. Out here, the electrical systems would go haywires, and there would be ample fire as well. We really do not follow construction rules. :( So eventually what happened, was the building safe? How often does this volcano erupt?
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
25 Apr 10
But there must be some classification, active, dormant and extinct. Good thing that your building remained intact. And I am so sorry that people suffered near the volcano. Wish people didnt have to stay so close to volcanoes. :(
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
15 Apr 10
Actually we experienced earthquake here in the Philippines but not totally destructive unlike what happened to Haiti and some other part of countries. That was really horrible and scary hope and pray that it will not come or happen it again, however there's prophecy about this so I nothing I can do about this but to pray for it and trust GOD.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
What is that prophecy?
@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
16 Apr 10
Nostradamus prophecy w/c like 2012 movies that will happen on DEC. 2012. We have to keep on praying for the possibility of it. Nostradamus all prophecy have became true.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
17 Apr 10
I have experienced so when I was still 8 years old. It was the 1991 Killer Earthquake that shook Northern Luzon of the Philippines. I was too young to know about earthquakes that time. I thought that it's the end of the world because I even don't know what that is called when the ground began to shake and buildings start to crumble. We were lucky to still have our home after that earthquake. There were many travelers before that were stranded in the highway our home was near so they stayed for many days until the highway was opened. There were relief goods delivered to us by the government by chopper because roads are inaccessible. We still experience casual minor earthquakes unlike that 1990 quake but it is still heart stopping at those times.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
19 Apr 10
Hi basqui, that was a touching recount. Of course, you were much too young to know what it was all about! Building crumbling can be scary for 8 years old! Hope you never have to see that again.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
5 May 10
Seeing those children in earthquaken countries are really saddening. It gives me tears.. ahuhu!!!
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
15 Apr 10
hi vandana madam, regarding the earth quake,i have experienced one time when i am in teens i think,i am in first floor,some jurk was happened a while,but i have not known that it was earth quake,but after some time i know that it was earth quake,recently one month back i think there is small earth quake at Rayachoti,near by area to Kadapa,have a nice day
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Hi Yugasini, before we realize that it is earthquake, it gets over, so our exact emotions at that time are very difficult to recollect, especially since it lasts only for a few seconds. Some have however experienced it for almost 15 seconds, which is a pretty long time. In my case, the first one lasted for about 7 secs, and the next one was about 4 seconds. So couldnt really say it was fear alone!
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
16 Apr 10
hi vandana madam, thanks for the comment,have a nice day
@beachdune (908)
• India
15 Apr 10
I havent experienced an earthquake.
@vine88 (1038)
• India
15 Apr 10
Do you like to experience?
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
25 Apr 10
Beachdune, I hope you never experience. :)
• United States
21 May 10
When I was nine or ten I remember waking up one night to the table lamp shaking. I was freaked out at first because I thought something supernatural was happening but then I realized it was an earthquake and thought it was pretty cool. I think if it's a big earthquake or a hurricane it would have a devastating effect and people would need to work to rebuild their houses and it would be hard. Hopefully the earth won't shake so much that it breaks stuff.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
31 May 10
"Pretty cool"! Yeah, I too hope it doesnt damage things. I keep wondering how people in Japan feel about it. They suffer maximum number of earthquakes, dont they?
• United States
21 May 10
I have yet to experince that and i would hate to go thru some of the things that people who have experience have. My heart goes out tho them and their families, the suffering they go thru i don't think i could bare it. I pray that they get the help and the resourses needed to rebuild. I would not like to be in a earthquake or or tornado either.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
31 May 10
Yeah, it must feel terrible to lose family members, and lose properties as well. And while this fear overtakes, there are people all around saying they deserved it, after all, they did this or that, it is nature's wrath for their sins etc. That is so bad. We had a massive earthquake in Gujarat, following Gujarat riots in which many muslims were killed by Hindus. Muslims tried to justify it saying it was Allah's anger. Within a few weeks, it was Pakistan that was shaken up with such jolts. So we need to leave our religions, jealousies, anger, everything behind, and become human beings for a change. Hope you never go through that.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I have had many close calls. In fact, an earthquake happened not too far away from where I was one time. It was far away enough for it not to have any damage. However, it was close enough where I could feel the shaking from it. So, I think I narrowly avoided a disaster during that time. The ground really shook to the point that it was jarring. Tornados happen rather close by too. Especially during that time of the year. They never really hit anywhere close, at least they have not hit close all that recently. However, it has had some rather close calls pretty much down the street. A ways down the street for certain, but enough where I am breathing a sigh of relief and feeling like I had narrowly dodged a disaster. Come to think of it, I have never really felt like I was a direct part of any disasters. However, I have gotten perilously close. That can be a bit of a horrifying feeling a lot of the time when it happens. To know that had things been a bit different, you might have been right in the path of things. Perhaps as nearly as much as you would be if caught in the middle. Still, if I'm missed, I feel a sigh of relief.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
18 Apr 10
Hi megamatt, I stay where we occassionally experience earthquakes, but there are no records of any earthquake of high magnitude. I guess, it is a once in an 8 to 10 years phenomena, though such things cannot be predicted. I read many responses here, and there are different experiences. Does it mean that we think earthquake to be only of one type, whereas there may be different causes of earthquakes because of which some earthquakes are more damaging than the others? :) May be we humans can learn some more about earthquakes. Tornadoes must be really scary! The thought itself gives me creeps even thoush I stay in a country that doesnt experience any such things.
@mjanakha (479)
• United Arab Emirates
15 Apr 10
I too had an experience of earthquake. But there was no damage as result of it. Earthquake seemed to be like shivering of earth. All the things in my room, bed,chair all was moving by itself(I was in the third floor of my hostel). All of us rushed out from the hostel. Really it was a very fearful experience for all. Poor earth what she will do if she cannot withstand all the sins of humans!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
18 Apr 10
Hi mjanakha, yes, indeed, it is a very fearful experience. Different people experience it differently. Many have reported that things started moving. In my home too the things may have moved, though I was fast asleep both times, when earthquake woke me up. It must have taken me some seconds to grasp what is happening. And before I knew it was over. I didnt see the shiver and movement of things because of that. I think it is unfair to say only humans are sinners. Because there are many planets and moons out there on which there are no humans. Yet, they have volcanoes, and earthquakes. Have a nice day. :)
@kat001 (96)
• India
15 Apr 10
I do not have any personal experience of any such calamities. But there is a feeling to personally experience how earthquake feels like. It certainly doesn't feel good when somebody is affected by such natural calamities.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
Yes, kat, here are many things that we dont really experience, but we can imagine. I imagine how scary it must be to be anywhere near anacondas, or lions. I too feel terrible about these natural calamities because they will haunt these people for a real long time. :( I know I psychologically felt the tremors when they were not there.
@mokkka (883)
• Bulgaria
15 Apr 10
I am happy that I don't live in a seismic zone.Here we have some earthquakes but I found out about them from the news broadcast and in fact if they don't mention it on the tv I won't even know there was an earthquake.
@vandana7 (64894)
• India
15 Apr 10
My kind of world. :) No earthquakes. Do you have water problems there? What about snakes, do you have lots of snakes, and those crawling lizards, cockroaches, ants, etc.? What about ferocious animals? If you dont have any of these problems, is it easy to become citizen of your country? :)