Wednesday, July 11, 2007


We had an earthquake this evening about 8:45 PM, which ended up registering 3.3 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was in Canby, which is about 20 miles south/southwest of Portland. The whole thing must have lasted 4 seconds; it set forth a geological shudder that seemed more significant then a large truck driving by or a neighbor stomping around. At the time it happened, I was sitting on the floor watching TV and I felt a sudden and strong shaking. The windows creaking for that second resembled a great pressure, as if a tremendous force were pressing against the frame while the frame pushed back. But something strange I noticed was that the glass ornaments hanging from the window latch didn't kilnk against the glass. And none of the pictures on the wall moved, and the hanging plants remained stationary. My neighborhood seemed exceptionally quiet.

The earthquake started strong for 2 seconds, and then tapered down to nothing, leaving a quiet emptiness that had me wondering if that was just an earthquake.

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