Thursday, December 17, 2009


whoa! we got ourselves a little earthquake in Portugal tonight, around 1:35am.
everything is fine, it was just a scare for some of us...

me - was lying on the living-room couch, watching tv...
i heard some weird noise, sort of a thump, but i thought it was the wood furniture cracking with the heat from the fireplace. right after the noise, the little birds moved nervously and started tweeting inside their birdcage, like they do when they get frightened with something. next, i felt the couch shaking "smoothly", almost imperceptible if it wasn't for the noise i'd hear and the birds reaction, and i knew immediately it was an earthquake. a pretty "mild" one, but, still... an earthquake. the first "shake" lasted for what seemed like 2-3 seconds, and then a second shake, for about 5 seconds. but i stayed calm, what else was i supposed to do?

dad - was siting in a chair, on his computer, a bit far from me and the couch, headphones on his ears. he was caught by the birds noises and looked at me to try to understand what had happened. i didn't wanted to shout out loud «dad, it's just an earthquake, that's why the birds woke up scared like hell», it was past 1:30am... i just sat on the couch, and after the second shake, i got up and went to tell him what i'd felt and what was going on. he never felt any shakes.

mom - was in her bed, trying to fall asleep. she felt the shake(s) pretty bad, as she got up and came running into the living-room, right after i felt the second shake. poor thing, she was trying to fall asleep and suddenly she feels the bed shaking and realizes it's an earthquake. pretty scary for someone dealing with depression, bipolar disease, and anxiety disorders.

birdies - were in their birdcage, probably asleep, because we had the cage covered up with a cloth so they can sleep even if we're still in the living-room (the lights are out though). since animals usually feels these things before humans, it's pretty normal that the two little canaries felt it before us. after the scare, my dad lifted the cloth and talked to them for a bit, trying to calm them down.

strangely though, i didn't hear any of the many dogs we have in the building. no barking or howling. i live in the top floor, the 5th, and in almost all floors belows us, neighbors have dogs, there's about 6 or 7 dogs in the whole building.
after a while, i looked out the window and there wasn't anyone in the street. neither did i hear any noises or voices coming from other neighbors. so i guess they most of been really asleep, or maybe they take sleeping pills too hahaha.
and to think i was going to try and take a double or triple dose [of sleeping pills] tonight to fall asleep... it's almost 4:30am and, though i feel a bit sleepy and tired, inside i think i'm a bit anxious due to the earthquake. i don't think i'm scared, but maybe that's just conscious thinking, my unconscious is probably feeling something else ;-)
and i wanted to try to go to bed earlier tonight, but i guess tonight's spoiled anyway.


oh, in case anybody's wondering about the details of the shake, here's some news i found on international online news sources:

Dec 17, 2009

Quake shakes Portugal, Spain

MADRID - AN EARTHQUAKE measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook southern Spain and Portugal early on Thursday, Spain's seismological institute said.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.

The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at 2.37am (0137 GMT, 9.37am Singapore time) was in the Atlantic Ocean about 100km south-west of Cape St Vincent in Portugal and at a depth of 58km, the National Geographic Institute said.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 5.7 magnitude on its different moment magnitude scale. It said the quake struck at a shallow depth of 10km. -- AFP

and that was it...

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