Maggy Walton | Artist & Photographer

Wake up quake

Sunday morning at 3:20 am we awoke to a 6.1 magnitude earthquake. The house shook like a bartender shakes a martini mixer. Violent and loud. Like a train screaming through the house. Terror. Silence. Blackness. “Are you ok?” “Yeah did you hear me scream?” “No all I could hear was the house shaking.” We cuddled in fear there might be more. Then got enough nerve to get up and survey the damage to make sure the gas wasn’t leaking or the water pipes hadn’t burst. The hallway was littered with pottery shards from an antique plate and statuette that resided on a shelf. Not secured with museum putty. The kitchen was next and it reeked of balsamic vinegar and raspberry salad dressing. Slippery. Glass from the wine glasses left to dry on the counter the evening before. Brooms and paper towels and buckets of glass later we went back to bed to sleep. Fretful and not a deep sleep more of a rest. At 9 our phones started pinging from texts and the landline rang. Friends checking in to make sure we were ok. Others had a much worse scenario than us. We are on bedrock. They sit on slippery dirt. Rumbling trucks and airplanes overhead make me anxious. But I sleep fine. I’m actually exhausted. In the midst of the earthquake we remember we have just moved all her possessions into the garage. Whew. Nothing broken. We are stronger together. This is a good sign.

This entry was written by maggy342 and published on August 30, 2014 at 5:19 am. It’s filed under Photography and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Wake up quake

  1. Whoa!! Where are you? I’m glad you are okay!

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      • Gotcha. I went farther back in your blog and figured it out. I used to visit my in-laws in Orinda, but then they moved. I never did manage to make it to Napa, although I always wanted to visit. Any after effects?

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      • We’ve had plenty of aftershocks at least 2-3 small ones a day. Fortunately I sleep right through them. Some buildings downtown will need extensive repair as well as many of the homes downtown and on the west side. It’s a work in progress, but most retailers are open again, a few may not reopen. I am waiting for our gallery to get repaired so we can reopen. Time. Money and patience! We are very lucky overall. Cheers!

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      • Good luck to everyone and I hope the next big one is a long way off!

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