Aloha Friday: Earthquakes and Hurricanes, Oh My!

On Tuesday, an earthquake struck Virginia.  The shaking was felt all the way to New York.  For some reason, though, I didn’t feel anything.

While this was going on, Hurricane Irene threatened to hit Florida.  This brought back memories of growing up on Long Island.   There were two hurricanes that I can remember: Gloria and Bob.  Gloria slammed us hard.  Trees were knocked over, cars were smashed and houses had extensive damage.  A tree in our yard fell over towards my room.  At the last second, a gust of wind blew it to the one safe spot on our lawn.  (I was in my room at the time and might have been injured had it hit.)  Down the block, a neighbor had 2 cars in his driveway: a brand new one and an old one.  The old one suffered no damage, but the brand new one was smashed by a falling tree.

Years later, Hurricane Bob hit Long Island.  This one wasn’t as severe as Gloria.  I remember my mother went out during the storm to deliver some food to a family who was in mourning.  Looking out my front door, I saw the mailman deliver the mail.  I guess “during rain, sleet and snow” includes hurricanes!  Yes, I ran out in the intense winds to retrieve the mail.  There’s something exhilarating about running through 75mph winds.

There’s nothing exhilarating about Irene, however.  We had plans to see my parents, but Irene is headed right for them.  This throws our entire plan up in the air.  I hate having to “wing it.”  I like the order of a plan.  Even worse, if the hurricane hits my parents full-force, there might be flooding and/or evacuations.  There’s so much uncertainty all around.  The whole situation’s got me stressed out.

My Aloha Friday question is: What earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters have you experienced?

Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.

Aloha Friday by Kailani at An Island Life

Aloha #102


  • I felt like I experienced Hurricane Katrina although I was in Detroit at the time. I watched it and was very saddened at how America treated the people. SMDH
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  • None! Praise the Lord, but then again I thought I felt the earth move the first time hubby kissed me! ~snicker~ Have a great weekend,

  • Thankfully, none! We live in Kentucky, which is more prone to tornados so we deal with tornado watches and warnings.
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  • Had an earthquake on our second night at the place we were staying in New Zealand. We were sound asleep and then were woken up by the room swaying right along with the light fixture over the bed. Very weird since we are not really used to what to do in earthquakes in Eastern Canada. I layed there and asked my husband if we were supposed to get in a bathtub, stand in a doorway, leave the building or just go back to sleep. Turns out most folk in New Zealand just go back to sleep although when it gets really bad, they are trained to lie on the floor beside their bed in the event the roof comes crashing down.
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  • Living in NJ, everything you’ve experienced. I also did not feel the earthquake this week but I do remember Gloria. Now prepping for Irene. Happy Hurricane!
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  • I have experienced all of them. I worked the Big earthquake in California, I lived in California and had them a lot. Lived in Indiana and Missouri and had tornadoes, My first hurricane was in Maryland in 2003, We lost electricity for seven days and lived on a generator.
    We really felt the earthquake in our area(Maryland), I was shocked that it happened! everyone in my community had to leave their houses. We really did not know what happened for about 15 minutes, all communications were done. We found out thru texting my husband who was in DC.
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  • I think I was in a few hurricanes. Definitely was in Gilbert, but I was a child and only worried about the disaster because I could hear it and then I could see it but seeeing trees down is fun for a child for climbing and etc. No one warns us kids of the dangers that there could have been power lines down.
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  • Well living in Texas and Florida in the past I delt with hurricanes, a lot. Now that I am living in Japan, we have earthquakes almost daily and sometimes several in one day.
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  • We have tornadoes here, but we also experienced the dust from Mt. St. Helens blowing it’s top.
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  • I experienced various earthquakes while I was growing up in California. My first happened the same week we were having earthquake drills. They had gotten fancy by playing rumbling noise over the loudspeaker and having people act as if they were hurt and stuff like that, so when the tremor started I thought “How’d they get the window’s to shake like that.” Since coming to Texas I’ve sat in closets during tornadoes…but luckily they’ve all passed us by.
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  • Hawaii has had it’s share of natural disaster scares but nothing like what’s gong on now on the East Coast!
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