So we had an earthquake.

We’re all fine here, no one was hurt and nothing fell over in the house but a Pez dispenser. Nonetheless I’m going to be calling a building inspector to check out the house because there’s cracks in the foundation and I can’t remember if they were there before or not, and there’s definitely spaces that have appeared between the boards in the siding that weren’t there before.

The epicenter was 30-40 miles south of the Manor and I’m hearing reports from friends further south that some houses were pretty much destroyed. Meanwhile, some people on the west coast apparently think it’s hilarious when people get scared after a once in a century event that destroys homes. I can’t tell you how deeply angry and disgusted I am with that kind of response. We don’t build for earthquakes here; the last one this big was in 1897.

I’m pretty scared myself, because if there was significant damage to the house we’re potentially looking at a second mortgage to repair it. Fingers are crossed that the damage was only cosmetic and we can patch it up with some caulk and some paint. Of course, I guess being scared of what kind of damage to my totally not-earthquake-ready home might have been done makes me a big wuss worthy of being mocked, right? Right? It’s just hi-freakin-larious.

Right.

Comments (5) | Life at the Manor — Andrea @ 1816 on 23 August, 2011

5 Responses to “So we had an earthquake.”

  1. Helena
    2047 on August 23rd, 2011

    Glad you’re okay. Will send good thoughts about the house.

  2. lauredhel
    2115 on August 23rd, 2011

    Glad you’re ok also. And yeah, the hi-larious thing can get annoying. Like… I feel like we “shouldn’t complain” about our so-called record cold snaps that involve the temperature getting down below 5 C for a couple or three weeks. But in a place where many homes have no heating, this is pretty significant for people in poverty who are unwell, disabled, elderly, very young.

    (And yeah, I know we laugh at “heat waves” of thirty piddling degrees… but ultimately the same applies, where you don’t have ventilation and ceiling fans and people don’t know how to dress appropriately, and so on.)

  3. Lisa
    2344 on August 23rd, 2011

    So glad to hear that you’re okay! Earthquakes are uniquely terrifying in that you can’t predict them. Hopefully there won’t be many aftershocks. During the 1994 Northridge quake I escaped my destroyed apartment with my kitten and my purse. It took a long time to be able to sleep through the night again.

    I hope the damage is only cosmetic. If it isn’t, there may be a FEMA program with long term, low interest loans.

  4. JackAndAHat
    0224 on August 24th, 2011

    I tend to want to slap those people. I argue with them every year – people going “OMG, -10 ISN’T COLD! Come back when it’s -30.” No, I’m sure it isn’t… when that’s normal, and your houses are built for it. When you’re living in an *unheated room* with a gap by the window, it’s damn near lethal.

    People don’t seem to get that you build for whatever your location’s average is – we don’t have air conditioning either, because we didn’t used to (when everything was being set up) get “that warm”. Now we do, but without the stuff to cope with it.

    I’m glad everyone’s OK, and I hope the cracks were there before.

  5. Selma
    1944 on August 26th, 2011

    I’ve not experienced an earthquake in my lifetime, and I hope I never do! The unpredictable aspect is so unsettling. All of our natural disasters in the midwest are generally predictable with reasonable lead time. Tornadoes have the least amount of lead time, but 90% of houses here have basements, and as such, built in shelters.

    I hope the damage to the Manor is only superficial. Watch out for fly by night-make-a-quick-buck contractors.

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