Whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on – earthquake!

Today’s 1:21 pm earthquake, reportedly 6.2 on the Richter scale and lasting about 20 seconds, has left people homeless, roads impassable, towns inaccessible, bridges unsafe, landslides, buckled roads, flooding (due to a cracked dam), downed electric lines, household furnishings destroyed, shattered windows, broken pipes and, sadly, 3 people dead (2 young sisters and a woman). Following the initial quake, strong aftershocks were felt on and off for several hours, forcing frightened people to remain outdoors, some even planning to spend the night in tents. Friends have reported having to crawl out of their houses, losing TV sets, cars being on 2 wheels, ocean-like waves on their swimming pool, having walls collapse in their homes, electricity going out, tiles falling off roofs, china crashing to the floor, etc. I was standing talking on the phone when it hit and was thrown onto a chair and the phone went out. Pots and pans banged in the kitchen, closet and cupboard doors swung open, pictures on a bookshelf fell over, the floor felt like it was rolling, boards in the wooden ceiling creaked and my cats ran frantically from room to room. In the aftermath, car alarms were sounding off, people were standing in the street and dogs were barking. Hopefully, we have seen the end of this. No doubt, tomorrow there will be more information available in the news. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes, belongings or loved ones.

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