August 23, 2011 3:06pm CST
We just had an earthquake here in New York, where earthquakes don't normally tread. I grew up in the Philippines where quakes happen more than a handful times a year. It still freaks people out and I don't blame them. However, my early childhood saw me in Adak, Alaska. To get an idea of where this is, click here: http://www.dced.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/images/Adak.gif Pretty far flung, huh? We had tremors everyday. They weren't just earthquakes. They were TREMORS. The ground would vibrate and not just shake. I was almost 3 when I had my first earthquake. My mother was sleeping in the next room and I was watching alone watching tv in the living room. Then the ground shook. We had a sea shell hanging decoration and it made a sound that was like a high-pitched rumble but you can hear the earth make a rumbling sound on its own. So you see, earthquakes don't scare me easily. Usually, those things stop almost at the moment when you realize what that was but what happened today had a bit of character: I started mildly. I was out on our balcony (where you are most likely to feel it) when I felt shaking. Like there were four people shaking the support underneath me. It felt wobbly then it got stronger. Then it died back down, got stronger again, then died down for good. Because of where I grew up plus living in the Philippines, I know that things could get worse. Having said all that...HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU HAD YOUR FIRST EARTHQUAKE? What happened? Were you scared after the rest of your other earthquakes? Let's talk!