I finally wake up by a loud roaring noise. I sit up thinking `they`re coming in! `Then BOOM! I’m thrown from my bed.
I land on the floor right next to my niece who is having a sleep over with me, along with my parents who are sleeping in the next room.
The house starts shaking and we are being tossed all about. When I finally realize what is happening. I yell to everyone,” ITS AN EARTHQUAKE`! GET INTO THE BATHTUB!” (Ok I know your supposed get under a table or stand in a door frame but my instinct was to gather everyone in the bathroom.) As we huddled together in the bathtub, we were in complete shock and darkness. We had no electricity. The shaking felt like it was never going to stop, one minute felt like an hour…Eventually the roaring sound and the shaking started to subside. Even though we continued having little waves of aftershocks we decided to navigate our way out of the house and into the car. Where we turned on the radio to listen to the news and wait for the sun to rise….
When it was light enough to go back into the house, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The house was still standing, but everything inside was destroyed, glass everywhere.....All my antiques, all my dishes, pictures, the television, the china cabinet, everything in pieces. The walls had huge cracks in them. I couldn’t understand how we got out of there without even a scratch; none of us had shoes on. When looking around we saw, the only place in the whole house that wasn’t damaged was the bathroom…Clearly my instinct was right…Life sometimes will put us in situations where we are completely helpless. We must ride the wave the best we can. Listen to that voice we have within. And once over, it’s up to us to take back the control and decide how we are going to get thru it,, Choose not to dwell in the loss rather focus on the positive, whatever that might be. It’s the best way to heal and move forward. I am so thankful that my family and I were safe and I listened to my instinct even though it sounded crazy at the time. We later found out that the earthquake magnitude was a 6.7 I lived only 1mile from the epicenter ( strongest point hit).. The devastation around us was unreal. Buildings collapsed; roads split in two, trees and electricity poles down, like a bomb had gone off. My city was unrecognizable. 57 people lost their lives and 8,700 more were seriously injured. ..I keep thinking about that recurring dream that kept playing in my head before the earthquake struck. Something was trying to warn me, wake me and prepare me for what was about to come. What was that? My conscious? My spirit guide? Coincidence? I don’t know. Something’s we just have to assume, and be thankful for whatever it might be...
Love and Gratitude to all, Elisabeth