First Earthquake = Weirdest Experience Ever

Not too long ago, I was sitting on the couch talking to my husband.  Suddenly, I started to feel really, really strange.  It was like everything around me was moving, sort of pulsating.  My head felt weird; I thought for sure that what I was feeling was some kind of dizziness or weird perception issue.

It turns out that I wasn’t crazy.  (Okay, maybe I am, but the dizzy making weirdness wasn’t a crazy thing.)

It turns out that I’d felt an earthquake.

I’d never experienced an earthquake before.

For us, though, it was quite minor.  My husband, sitting in the same living room as me on a different couch, didn’t feel it.  He’d suggested that perhaps I’d spent too much time in front of the computer.

I learned a little while later on Facebook that it wasn’t my imagination or my body protesting too much sugary food.  An earthquake (I’d read 7.1, 7.2, and 7.7 magnitude) had hit a couple hundred miles off the coast of Prince Rupert, BC.  Prince Rupert is around 450 miles from Prince George.  Obviously, we’re fine here in Prince George since not everyone even noticed it.

I’m not finding much on the news at the moment about the earthquake.  All that I do know is that one of my cyber-besties has family out in the Rupert area, and they’re fine.  The tsunamis that are supposed to hit the coast of BC and Alaska should already be starting.  I’m glad that we’re so far inland.  I just hope that everyone continues to stay safe.  And I hope that those who have been hardest hit make it through okay.

Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I was woken up once by an earthquake. I didn’t realize it was an earthquake either until the next morning. It just felt like the house shaking when the washing machine went into spin cycle.

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