334: I felt the earth move

I was sitting here writing up my blog post for today (not this post, by the way), when I felt the ground, the house, the world, sway.  It was a gentle back and forth motion.  I would have thought I’d imagined it except for the cats who were clearly disturbed by whatever phenomenon had just occurred.  Less than a minute or so later, I felt it again.  I looked outside, thinking perhaps the wind had rocked the house.  However, it didn’t feel like the wind.  Whatever it was had originated from below (and I was in the basement at the time).

It turns out I wasn’t imagining things after all.  There was an earthquake in Virginia, and we felt it here in northeastern Ohio.

It was a rather bizarre feeling.  Interesting.  Kind of cool in a way.  Not so cool, of course, for those closer or where there may be damage.

A processed version of the previous photo.

What was going to be an uneventful post is still fairly uneventful for this region of the world.  A little sway and a little rock.  Mother Earth doing a shimmy.  I don’t think I would appreciate feeling the earth move on a bigger scale.  Perhaps that’s why I don’t live in California.  (There are other reasons, of course, including those of a monetary nature.)

Today’s outdoor adventures were hardly worthy of the title “adventures.”  Just a stroll around the pond.  That’s nothing compared to feeling the earth move.  The photos are from yesterday’s visit in the woods.

The fairy stump is currently covered in a jungle of plant growth.  If the fairies are at home, they’re well hidden.  The guards outside — fierce, blood-sucking mosquitoes — are not letting anyone near the stump, either.

I wonder what the swaying would have felt like if I’d been outside at the time…

Oak leaves swaying in the wind

Praying mantis, swaying in the meadow

Today's view of the pond. No rock, no roll, no sway.

35 Comments on “334: I felt the earth move”

  1. Isn’t it weird to have felt it so far away? They say this happens with East coast earthquakes. But I felt nothing here in Kentucky. Glad you had a little drama to add to today’s post!

  2. tedgriffith says:

    I love that processed golden image, just beautiful! I lived in northern California for 3 1/2 years and only felt one earthquake. I was on the 4th floor of a buiding, and the height exagerates the sway. I can honestly say that it was one of the most disturbing events of my life! My mind doesn’t like it when “solid” ground isn’t. Still, it adds some adventure! 🙂

  3. it was felt up here in Canada too. Our planet is in flux! beautiful walk through your woods. methinks the fairies are napping in the shade during these hot days.

  4. I was outside, and I thought a support beam on the deck had snapped. Didn’t realize what it was until I got back in to the office… My first earthquake, and hopefully the last.
    Lovely photos of the woods today…do you ever find any good mushrooms?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      I do find mushrooms, but I don’t know if they are good (as in good to eat). Since I am unable to identify without a doubt the mushrooms I find, it seems best to err on the side of caution and leave them alone.

  5. bearyweather says:

    Wow, another praying mantis … you must have developed some good radar to spot them. I have never felt an earth quake … I wonder how my woodsy world would react?

    • Robin says:

      I think spotting them is pure luck, Bearyweather. I’m constantly scanning things when I have the camera with me. There are probably hundreds of praying mantids out there and I only manage to see one or two.

  6. carlaat says:

    The riot of green in today’s posts is just beautiful. My mom felt the earthquake in NJ – nothing here in New Orleans!

  7. Kala says:

    Love the praying mantis photo. I wonder if it felt the shaking too.

  8. ElizOF says:

    Yes, and you were not alone in the experience of that 5.8 earthquake… Through it all, your bog still looks serene and nature continues on her way… I hope you are fine now, as it must have been a tad disturbing.
    Here in NY, some felt it and shared their tales.. I didn’t feel a thing. 😉

  9. TBM says:

    Some people say they felt the earthquake in Boston, but I didn’t notice it. I find it crazy that there was one out here.

  10. Karma says:

    So strange the way this earthquake was felt and not felt! As you know, I am in Massachusetts. My sister works about 20 miles away from me and she said her whole office building shook, my mother-in-law, about 7 miles away felt like she was swaying in her chair; I felt nothing!
    Everything looks so lush in your photos – it looks like you could almost be in a rainforest. (The weeds are getting pretty lush around here, LOL!)

    • Robin says:

      It feels like a rainforest, Karma. lol! We have had quite a bit of rain lately.

      My husband, who was at work (about 8 miles from here, if that), didn’t feel it either. It was so subtle here that if I hadn’t been sitting quietly, I might not have noticed it except for that brief feeling of disorientation after it was over.

  11. WOW! I can’t believe you felt that earthquake all the way in Ohio!!! I have family in Baltimore, MD and it was pretty bad there, but of course that’s much closer.

    Loving all the green… not much of it left around here, it’s all brown.

    • Robin says:

      I do hope you get some cooler weather and some rain soon, Michaela. It looks like the drought has been pretty bad down your way.

      • No cooler weather in sight yet…. the next five days are supposed to be right around 102/103. Some parts of North TX got some rain early this morning (not nearly enough to even make a small dent into the drought conditions) but all WE got was some thunder. Not a drop of rain.

  12. Debbie says:

    Hi Robin.
    Amazing that you felt it in Ohio, my son and his family were in Bushkill Falls, PA and felt nothing. Andrew said he was actually jealous to have missed the experience.

    I was home sitting at the computer when suddenly I had the eerie feeling of someone standing behind me rocking my chair. As I looked over my shoulder, I saw the ceiling fan/light start to shake. At the same time all the wind chimes (indoors & out) started tinkling. It was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever experienced. At the same time, John was sitting back in his recliner, thinking one of the dogs was leaning against the side of it scratching. No dogs when he looked down, heard the wind chimes out there and looked up to see the Barrister bookcase shaking.

    Brandi was working on the beach in South Seaside Park when she saw her legs start moving and knew she wasn’t doing it. Scared her, thinking she was passing out.

    We have friends who live about 15-20 mins from the epicenter, they are thankfully safe but said it sounded like a very large truck speeding by at 70mph, then the whole building, all the chandeliers and everything else in their house started shaking, lasting about 30secs. Scared the wits out of them.

    Sure don’t need to feel another earthquake in New Jersey for the rest of my lifetime.
    Stay safe, hugs to you and the fam.

    • Robin says:

      Hi Debbie. 🙂

      My dad had a similar experience. He said he thought someone was rocking the chair he was sitting in. He even got up and looked behind the chair, expecting to see one of the grandchildren back there playing around.

  13. Barbara Rodgers says:

    If you had been outside I wonder if you would have seen any motion in the water of the pond during the earthquake?

    It’s funny how some felt it and others didn’t. My husband felt it at work, here in Connecticut, a mile away from home, and called me. I had no idea what he was talking about so I turned on the TV and saw the news. I called my sister, the geologist, and she said if a building is on sediment you would be more likely to feel it than if the building was on hard rock. (I assume that is her simplified explanation for non-geologists…)

    Love your praying mantis!

    • Robin says:

      I wondered that too, Barbara. And what the ground would have felt like if I’d been out there when it happened.

      Interesting about the sediment vs. rock. I never knew that. I learned something new today. 🙂

  14. I didn’t feel the quake here in central Ohio, but I remember one from the 1980s- it’s quite disorienting and makes one feel uneasy afterwards.

    Lovely foliage photos as usual 🙂

  15. Carsten says:

    Earthquakes are scary. I was lying in my bed when my first – and hopefully only – quake came early one morning. Couldn’t find rest for some time after.
    BTW, beautiful pictures here. Can’t even pick a favourite…

  16. You live in a world full of beauty and magic, Robin, and you capture it wonderfully. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I wonder if others wouldve felt the earthquake had they not been intuned to nature as you were. That’s a lot of mileage from Virginia..

    • Robin says:

      Good question, A Quirk of Fate. I haven’t yet met anyone else around here who did feel it, but the news stories say there were. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

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