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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

You Just Never Know What Will Happen Next!

So basking in my newly discovered method of connecting successfully to the Internet,  not to mention the late summer heat wave, I was very happy to be able to Skype with my eldest son in South Korea. This week brings their  celebration of  Thanksgiving,, Chuseok so he and the children have several days off for the celebrations. Which also means it is very convenient to Skype!

So there we were discussing the food he was planning to prepare and the guests he had invited when all of a sudden he got a very peculiar look on his face and said "We are having an earthquake". His wife I could hear in the background, and he jumped up and ordered everyone under the doorway. And |I sat here in France, having witnessed the room shake, looking at a blank screen and hearing their voices in the background.

In less than a minute he was back in front of the screen 'shaken but not stirred' explaining what the sensation had been like -- he said it started very slowly and suddenly the intensity of the shaking began to increase -- he said that was he most frightening aspect because he had no idea when it would stop intensifying. Heejung, soon had information that the earthquake had registered as 5.1 on the Richter scale. Earthquakes are very rare in South Korea, despite the fact it is so close to Japan, which is on the Rim of Fire. Until yesterday 5.5 was the most severe that had ever been recorded. Heejung suggested that perhaps the North had tested another device, but  son said their town was too far south to have felt any aftershocks if they had. We talked for a few more minutes and then he went off to inspect the building and any  damage that might have been incurred.

Later I received a message from him that there had been a second earthquake, this time measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale -- and the largest earthquake ever recorded in Korea. The epicenter of both events was not far from their city of Geongsan and was a place I had visited with my daughter-in-law almost two years ago.

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  1. Golly, how scary for you to witness it 'second hand' like that and know your loved ones were actually in the middle of it.

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  2. Scary, but perhaps better than hearing about it on the news. 5.8 starts to get pretty serious. NK did do an underground test recently, any connection?

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    1. Probably not because the epicenter was found to be in a village close to where they live. But it does make you wonder...

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  3. Glad to hear that no one was injured. I hope this wasn't related to the recent North Korea detonation.

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    1. No one injured and they sustained no damage -- though even with mild earthquakes there can be subsidence that appears much later. I speak from experience on the one as our English town of Southport had a minor quake several years ago and there were several houses that suffered slippage severe enough to make their houses unsaleable...

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  4. I'm so glad nobody was hurt. Earthquakes terrify me, and I live in a subduction zone, where an earthquake could happen at any time. :-(

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    1. I lived in Olympia for a year -- just after they had had major earthquake damage. Just seeing the aftermath, was enough for me to not want that experience!

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  5. Earthquakes are very unsettling. It seems that there are more of them now or maybe with the Internet we know about them faster. Living in San Francisco for almost 10 years I was used to earthquakes but was always a bit scared. When we moved to Georgia I thought I felt an earthquake early one morning. I thought it must be my mind, but sure enough, the news reported that there had been one. I hope that while in Italy you did not feel the terrible earthquake near Amatrice – I still think about it a lot. It must have been stressful to witness the earthquake with you son while on the telephone.

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    1. "Unsettling" is exactly the right word, Vagabonde! It is unreal to me that one could get so used to earthquakes. We did have a minor one in my town in the UK -- But I had been in a basement flat and was completely unaware that anything untoward had happened.

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  6. Oh my, to be a mom and so far away and on Skype when the earthquake happened. What a weird experience. I came over from Weaver of Grass's blog to say hi. Your "about me" description is very amusing.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Terra. I have just re-read what I wrote -- not having looked it over for a while and realize I must change 12 years coming to France to 18!

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  7. Must have been a weird experience. I have only once been in an earthquake and that was here in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago. I was sitting at my desk, and even then, never having experienced one, I knew it was an earthquake.

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    1. It was a very weird experience to say the least. I just sat here with the dumbest look on my face!

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  8. During the last two decades there has been an increase in the number of earthquakes and their intensity. God is angry with us for violating the rules of His world.
    Glad your son and family in S.Korea weren't hurt.

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  9. Dear Broad!
    There seem to be more and more of this. We have for certain accomplished...a severe change in the world since we started altering everything to our own benefit. I think it's irreversible actually. So relieved to hear they are alright, you are so far away . My youngest daughter have an urge to go to South Korea because she finds korean boys so sweet...she has gone into something called Kpop. I told her about this earthquake and she first worried about your family, then about the bands she like... We almost never experience earthquakes, but movements deep down causing severe damage to certain areas.
    Let's hope there will be no more where they are!!! Next skype will turn out just great!

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  10. My goodness, scary to be stuck there so far away and watching it. I'm glad they are OK.

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