Posted By Alicia

Believe it or not, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Illinois early this morning was felt here in Eastern Iowa, about 400 miles from the epicenter. I have always been fascinated with the reported behavior of pets and other animals before earthquakes and natural disasters. However, I slept through it, and none of my pets showed any odd behavior enough to wake me.  We are thankful that it wasn't a big deal! :) After being in a tornado watch last week and having to get the birds set up in travel carriers just in case, there has been a lot of excitement around here. It's a good reminder to have your emergency gear and extra food supplies for your pets all ready for situations when you may need to hurry to safety! I'm glad that my birds love to go into their travel/emergency carriers and seemed to enjoy the few hours spent waiting it out.

Hearing about the earthquake does bring back memories of going through the Mt. Pinatubo volcano eruption in the Philippines in 1991, which was certainly QUITE an event to live through! The house shook, and while we had no structural damage, we had ash damage. Our car,  yard, and the majority of the surface of most objects indoors as well were covered and took days to clean and make livable! But in light of the tremendous losses that were sustained by others, we were incredibly grateful. What an experience!

4 Comment(s):
Alicia said...
Oh Masami - how scary for your fids! I am so glad you are ALL ok!
April 22, 2008 11:03:42
Masami Coon said...
The earthquake and the aftershocks were felt in Indianapolis, Indiana also. My Africa gray, who sleeps on her T-Stand by my bed freaked out during the initial earthquake, jumped off her stand, and wants to go downstairs to her cage. She was shaken up. If she didn't wake me up, I would have slept through the quake. Next morning, I found a bunch of feathers in my cockatiel's cage, too. She must have thrashed around her cage. I'm glad our birds, frog, and fish were OK.
April 21, 2008 06:12:43
Alicia said...
Oh wow - that sounds scary! I am SO glad that you and your parrots were ok! Poor fishies! When I lived outside of Manila, in the Philippines, we lived several hours drive away from Mt. Pinatubo, but amazingly the ash from the eruption traveled surprisingly far!
April 21, 2008 11:38:56
Cristina said...
Wow! we also had a very mild earthquake a few weeks ago... As I live at the fourth floor of a high condo, my parrots woke me up screeching and squaking. Their cages were actually shaking! We know it is not a big deal, but, apparently, they did not!:-) I suffered very little damage, as some of the rocks in the marine aquarium were displaced... and, probably, my marine fish and the parrots got a very bad headache!:-) No serious thing, though!:-D It's amazing that you could be involved in the Pinatubo eruption... how far from you is that?
April 21, 2008 01:05:01
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