Sunday, March 22, 2020

It Was Just a Little Earthquake!

We had an earthquake around 7:15 a.m. last Wednesday morning. It's been so long since I was in a substantial earthquake, it took me a minute to figure out what was happening. My desk is a little wobbly, because it's cheap, and I had just spun to the side in my chair. It took me a bit to figure out that it wasn't me who was moving anymore, it was the earth. And this earthquake went on for what felt like forever. It shook for a long time.

It was only a 5.7 quake, but naturally, everyone was freaking out. Rumors started flying that we might be about to have a 9 point earthquake in the hours following, businesses were evacuating and sending their employees home from work. It was kind of chaos. Part of Salt Lake City lost power, Utah's COVID-19 hotline went down, an angel on the SLC Temple lost it's trumpet, and people were shouting from the rooftops that the world was ending. Apparently an angel on a church breaking is a bad omen? 

But, for fuck fucking sake, people... Utah has earthquakes all the time. They're not usually quite that big, but they happen. It's a lot like California in that way, earthquakes happen, they're a fact of life. This COVID-19 pandemic (rightly) has everyone in such a mess. Add an earthquake to it and everyone loses what's left of their minds. But no one was hurt, there was no 9 point earthquake, and while some people were displaced, overall it was a relatively minor incident. 

I honestly don't think we can take anymore disasters right now. No more bad needs to happen just now, we've had our fill for a while. 2020 is seriously messing with us. It did make Wednesday interesting, though. 


  1. When I saw that earthquake trending on Twitter, I figured people in Utah were panicking. What I DIDN'T know, though, was that Utah experiences earthquakes regularly. I truly thought that was a Californian thing.

    We've had so many tremors in CA these past few years that we barely pause in our TV show to acknowledge it. But my heart did go out to everyone in Utah after the earthquake because a 5.7 is sizable enough to rattle anyone's nerves, and even a small quake added to a pandemic is too much stress.

    1. They're pretty common here, just like CA. So, I don't really panic because growing up in CA has made me sort of immune to earthquake anxiety. A few days after I wrote this, there was a large earthquake in Boise, ID, which we felt all the way down here (we're pretty close to Idaho's southern border).