Last Tuesday night there was an earthquake off the coast of southern Taiwan which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. The earthquake has damaged several undersea cables, disrupting communications in Asia, and managed to shake all of Taiwan.
Ironically, that day I was having a conversation with Karen at work about natural disasters in Taiwan. She told me she feared hurricanes and I reminded her that the island of Taiwan is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire and prone to quakes. Sure enough that evening as I was heading to the kitchen to get a glass of water I noticed our dresser moving back and forth and hitting the wall- it seemed strange and suddenly I felt the supporting floor beam under my feet. Odd, as I’d never noticed it before. Range thought that perhaps we’d been playing our music to loud as the couch he was sitting on had started to shake- but I knew it was a quake.
About half an hour later we were sitting on our bed and discussing the earthquake when I felt the Earth move again; however, there was nothing physical going on it was just an aftershock. Range shook in the bed and it kind of felt like we were experiencing a ride at Disneyland in our own home. Almost everyone we know felt the quake. Carrie said that she did not feel the quake as much but perhaps that is because she is further up North near Taipei and we are a bit more south in HsinChu.