She was kissing me and it was full of passion. I felt the earth shake and thought that this had never happened before. Then she started licking my face! When she began to whimper, I opened my eyes and came out of my dream. I found the room shaking, HARD.
Bohdi, my 75 pound Staffordshire Terrier was in my face licking it and crying. He was shaking like a leaf and the rumbling was still going on. It struck me that we were having an earthquake and then I remember......This is Oklahoma! Thoughts filled my head that the building might be coming down around our ears.
I heard my daughter yell and rushed out as the rumbling and shaking subsided. Her eyes were as big as saucers as she looked at me and in total amazement said, "OH MY GOD."
Bohdi found his bravery, unusual for him, and rushed to the window and started growling ferociously. I thought about the earthquakes we had been in when we lived in Japan and while we lived in California and realized it was the strongest quake I had ever experienced.
Being half asleep, it dawned on me that I needed to make a check on the important items! I glanced in the room and my wife was still asleep. My daughter was freaked out, but other wise fine. The dog was really freaked out, but hey, he gets scared of crickets.
I rushed to the kitchen and to my relief noticed the coffee pot was still on and it had not spilled a drop! Whew......close call, but the coffee survived.
Turning on the TV and the computer, I quickly learned that we had an earthquake. I felt like it was a big "DUH," but remembered that we lived in Oklahoma. If it were California or Japan, it would have been an "eh." Similar to how we treat tornadoes. "Yeah....another tornado honey. Grab the coffee pot and we can have breakfast in the basement."
I looked outside and several of my neighbors were freaking out. One was looking for the car that had hit his house. Others were looking for the propane explosion. I yelled out the window, "It was an earthquake." Which got a response of, "Earthquake? This is Oklahoma. We don't get earth quakes!"
I looked over on Facebook and my Oklahoma friends were freaking out as well as my neighbors., just not as anomated or amusing.
So, I have followed this all day and it turns out that the USGS posted it as a 4.3 earthquake, while the OKGS posted it as a 5.1. The university had sustained some damage and only a few people were hurt. Yet, the quake had been felt across 4 states. Either way, it is one of the biggest to hit Oklahoma.
But the good news is that everyone is alright, the dog has finally settled down and I still have my coffee.