Saturday, May 01, 2010

Earthquake on Saipan!!!

We live in an amazing world. I am sitting at a computer desk in Winter Park finishing up the final edits to my first book.

As I was typing I got an email from my friend Walt on Saipan to let me know that there had just been a big earthquake on Saipan. Seconds later, Edz messaged me on Skype with the same news. Edz turned on the video chat and told me she was ok; there was just some shaking for a few seconds.

I jumped on Facebook and Heather Elise, Boni Pangelinan, Laurie Peterka, Josephine Togawa, Lisa Mary Kelly Fredrickson, Shorty Duremdes and Yeng Camacho (all women, what's up with that?) had posted about the earthquake.

I quickly jumped over to the USGS website to see how big the earthquake was. It was a 5.4 and was centered 19 miles SSW of Saipan.

Go back to bed.

1 comment:

dekada lawyer said...

Congratulations on the book!

As for the earthquake, it wasn't much (as you ultimately found from objective data). It actually lasted about one second.

I was sitting at the desk in front of my laptop. One sharp wrench about two and half inches to the north. Another sharp wrench back to the south maybe overshooting by a fraction, then settle back, and it was done.

I went out to the living room and asked the kids (who were watching TV) if they had noticed the earthquake. None of the three (ages 11, 6, and 5) had noticed a thing.