This is about earthquakes!
We were woken on Monday morning at 5.22am by the bed shaking....I mean REALLY shaking! It was such a rude awakening, especially when it's pitch black outside and your bed is violently rocking from side to side and the noise....the weirdest sounds of things clanging together. I admit that I was terrified! This was my first experience of an earthquake but not my last.
It turns out that this earthquake was 6.3 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and injured at least 26 people in the Spanish enclave of Melilla. It's epicentre was located in the Alboran Sea, between southern Spain and North Africa according to data from the National Geographic Institute, approximately 100 miles south east of Malaga. The effects were felt all across Andalucia.
If you want to see what it was like, here is a short film clip from You Tube:
Below: cleaning up after the earthquake...photo from the local paper.
Since the earthquake struck on Monday morning there have been more than 160 aftershocks registered in Malaga.
Although experts have said there is a ‘low’ risk of serious earthquakes in the Alboran Sea, they said it was impossible to predict if there would be more in the coming days. Well let me tell you, there have! Again yesterday morning at about 7.30 we were woken by the bed shaking, admittedly not as bad as Monday morning but still scary all the same.
I have to admit that my nerves have been a bit frazzled. I have never experienced earthquakes before this and it is not the 'fun' experience I might have thought it would be when I was young! Every loud noise or bang, I admit, has made me jump and hold my breath whilst my stomach has done a flip like I'm riding a roller coaster at the fun fair!
Fortunately though, we received no damage. Two of my dolls decided to do a flip off my shelf but luckily neither were hurt in any way. :) But Mango, our Blue Headed Pionus parrot has fallen off his perch each time there was another rumble, poor boy! None of the dogs seem particularly bothered though, thank goodness!
OK, now back to dollies! ..... I hope! :)