Earth Tremor

Friday, 6 March 2009

We had an earth tremor this evening. About 4.6 on the Richter scale. Lasted a couple of seconds where I was. It's centre was at Korumburra, south east of Melbourne.

I have never experienced anything like that before. We get tremors from time to time here but that's the first one I have actually felt. Was looking out the window of my house at the time and started thinking, very calmly, "What's going on? Something is moving but I can't quite work out what it is." How strange!

Well, there you go. That's livened up my ultra boring evening. I don't often get bored, I have to say. Can usually find something to keep myself amused but tonight I'm in the twilight zone between getting over this infection and being well, and I always go a bit weird when I'm in this stage. I just don't know what to do with myself, and start thinking about stupid things and getting maudlin about absolutely nothing at all. Plus, my neighbours are having a bit of a get-together and I can hear them all talking Indian and listening to Indian music and I feel jealous that they have big blogs of culture while I live in a beige one.

Luckily my country isn't beige. I love a sunburnt, fire-ridden, flooded, wear your entire wardrobe in one week, earthtremored country!!


  1. Very cool :-) But odd. We felt a decent tremor here too. Yay for the non-beigeness of Melbourne!

  2. Once in a great while we'll get an earthquake here...generally nothing that makes buildings fall down, rather, one that wakes us out of a sound sleep wondering if a plane just crashed or something. We're not used to the !EARTHQUAKE! thing so it's not the first thing we think of.

    Then we get to be glued to the TV all day watching news people tell us all about it over and over and who felt it where and how many brick chimneys fell down. The last one was in 1994. They had to give it a name. It was called the "Great Spring Break Quake"! See, it even rhymes!

    Have they named your earthquake yet?

    Well I'm glad it wasn't too huge and I hope there isn't much damage around there.

  3. we didn't feel it out here
    but we had plenty of them in PNG, so can relate to the feeling of things feeling wonky and going wobbly before your eyes

  4. I have been through a few of those tremors. Twice in Saint Louis, Missouri. I thought it was the NYC subway rumbling under my feet, but then I realized I was not in Manhattan and I was on the 13th floor (called the 14th because it was an old hotel!) of the dorm. The biggest shake 'n' bake was in Tokyo\; when it happened, I was way up on a high floor of my hotel. I could barely stand and wedged myself between two walls, which, in a Japanese hotel are not so far apart! Now Tokyo is always expecting "the big one" and I would not have been pleased if it occurred just before I was about to leave Japan. We get tiny tremors here in Montreal from time to time, but they are timid by comparison. We all grow up assuming the earth will remain steady and docile beneath our feet. Very disorienting, indeed.

  5. Heather - yeah, pretty creep it was really, wasn't it.

    Erin - LOL. So even earthquakes have to be labelled ;) No, they didn't name it. It was only a tremor. I prsume they only name earthqakes and planets (is Pluto still called Pluto, I wonder?)

    Kel - oooh, really? Do you ever miss PNG?

    Barbara - we do expect the earth to stay where it's always been, don't we? I couldn't imagine living in Tokyo waiting for the big one. Creepy


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