27 January 2014

THE 48 MOST TERRIFYING HOURS OF MY LIFE


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I'm writing this post  finally from the comfort of a warm and safe house. It has been a very stressful / dramatic / dangerous weekend. For those who i haven't stress out just yet, we had a 6.2 earthquake on Sunday evening. 

It was the scariest thing both Theodore and i have experienced. We live on the top floor of an apartment building, which means that when the earthquake started, we felt the most of it. The noise, the feeling that the roof will fall on you, things falling from the shelves and breaking, pieces of plaster falling from the ceiling and walls creating dust, and broken glass everywhere. Between trying to get out of the house, catching Shrek (our cat) putting him in the crate, and putting Bella (our husky) on leash, must have been the longest minute ever. With the earthquake still going strong. 

I couldn't stop crying even when we got outside the house. Everybody was trying to escape their houses, stressed and scared, and more earthquakes where shaking the ground below our feet. It was chaotic. I couldn't believe the fact that we were safe outside and most than anything, alive. Walking around the island, you would see houses having damages, people walking, and everybody packing their cars to find some safety. Nobody slept in their houses yesterday. Cars, safe buildings, where their options.

We tried to sleep in our car with Bella and Shrek. With the worst thing that more earthquakes still going on every 1 - 5 minutes. Not letting you relax and forget of your shocking experience. On top of everything, yesterday the weather decided to remember that it's winter. Cold, rain and snow. 

We only got a few minutes today to pack our things, and clean the mess with the door open, ready to escape just in case. We would feel all the shakes every few seconds. That disturbing sound.. it won't get out of my head. 

There are still earthquakes and haven't stopped. But thankfully we're now safe in Chanel's and Niko's house. It's a ranch style so it's safer and easier for us to get out quickly if we have to, relax and shake off the stress. The island is declared on a state of emergency, and the news say that we might be expecting one more big. Things that felt so important yesterday are zero today. How everything can change in 5 seconds right? 


44 comments :

Tanja said...

Oh my gosh, I cannot imagine how you must've felt. I'm glad you're safe now! It's crazy that we in Switzerland haven't heard of an earthquake. www.neverdreamedaboutthis.com

Peter Loves Jane said...

How scary!! So glad you are safe, though. Prayers to you and your little family. Thankful that you have good friends to help you feel safe. Yes, it just takes a second for things to change and for us to realize what is truly important in life!

Audrey the Turtle said...

Glad you're safe. How terrifying!

Ana Kamin said...

Glad you are safe!

Quyen Nguyen said...

Wow, that is terrifying! I'm glad everyone is okay. When I was younger, there was an earthquake in Los Angeles that was 6.7 at 4 in the morning. So terrifying to wake up to that! After that there were two 6.0 aftershocks. Yikes! We haven't had another large one for a while, but we are definitely overdue.

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Asia @ The Cracked Lens said...

That sounds terrible!! I'm glad you're safe!

Sarah Wheeler said...

Wow, I am so happy to hear everything is ok! I cannot imagine. I've never experienced an earthquake before but I can imagine just how scary it is. Sending you well wishes + hopes for no more earthquakes! xoxo

dianawillard said...

Oh my goodness how scary! So glad to hear that you and your family are ok!

Amanda @ willful/joyful said...

I'm so glad you and yours are ok! I've never been through an earthquake over 3.5, so I can't imagine the terror you felt. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date on how you're doing. It's a beautiful and frustrating thing to have contacts all over the world. When bad things happen, "knowing" someone who is living through it always makes me feel so useless! I'm so glad you have friends you can stay with until things calm down. Sending all the love I can!

ayşegül küçükoğlu said...

oh my, i'm so glad you are all okay Corina, i saw 17th August Marmara earthquake when i was a children, i still cant forget these terrifying moments,so i can understand so clearly how it feels like.i hope you never live sth like that again, stay safe.

Anna-Rosa said...

Κορίτσι μου σας στέλνω όλη μου την θετική ενέργεια! Η εμπειρία ενός δυνατού σεισμού είναι από τις χειρότερες που έχω ζήσει και μπορώ έστω και λιγο να καταλάβω πόσο τρομαχτικές πρέπει να ήταν οι τελευταίες ώρες για σένα και τους αγαπημένους σου! Την αγάπη μου και υπομονή! χχ

Ice Pandora said...

I'm glad you guys are ok, like omgosh I
don't want to be the position where my
house is about to collapse and where
I have to rescue my love ones out of
the house. Really I'm glad you guys
are ok! Xx

carley said...

Glad you are safe!

rooth said...

Oh my goodness - stay safe! I'm thinking of you and your family. Please keep us posted on how you're doing

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

so glad you are safe. I can actually saw that I understand how you feel. When I was a kid, we experienced an extreme quake in SF. It felt like waves going through the ground, which is the most surreal feeling. Thankfully, I was a kid and didn't have a strong concept of what was happening (so it was more confusing than scary) but, I still remember being fearful of the unknown. I didn't know about school, about when power would return, if people we knew were OK, etc. It was not a good feeling.

Thankfully, you were OK. Thankfully, you can write about your experience on your blog and have others communicate their thoughts/feelings.

xo,
nancy



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Simone Anne said...

Goodness! So scary. I'm so glad you are safe & am definitely sending good thoughts!! xx :(

lisa said...

What a scary experience- I'm so glad you are all ok!

Maru (Fashion Fab) said...

So glad you're safe, Corina! It sounds so scary, but thankfully you have a safe place to stay now. Sending you love!

Aearthr said...

Thank god, you are alright!

Cintya said...

Glad to hear all of you are okay. Hope things get better.

Kyla said...

What a scary experience - I can't even imagine! I'm so happy to hear you're safe. I'm sending positive vibes your way, and hoping everything will settle soon.

Pink Ronnie said...

Oh my goodness, I had no idea. I'm so thankful you're safe. Keep us updated... Can't even begin to imagine how scary it must've been...
Love,
Ronnie xo

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

oh my gosh, sweetie!! I'm so glad you're okay!! I've never experienced an earthquake and cross my fingers I never do - they are so scary!! I can't believe it's been that crazy for you guys! Please take care and stay safe! Sending you my love! xo

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

That is absolutely terrifying! I'm so happy that you've made it out safe for the time being. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Colette @ Skattered Notes said...

That must have been terrifying! I lived in Oklahoma for 2 years and the state is in the seismic zone. Luckily for me, I never had to encounter too big of an earthquake. The most I felt was a shake, with objects moving, but nothing too dangerous (at least where I was). I cannot imagine going through a more severe earthquake. Glad you were able to get out and find a safe house!

Kevin O'Gara | Thou Swell said...

This sounds terrifying, but I'm so glad you are safe! I'm sorry you've had such a rough time Corina, my thoughts are with you and your family.

Gabi Valladares said...

How awful! I've only ever experienced one earthquake, but it was definitely nowhere near as severe as the one that struck near you. Though I'm certain it's quite the stressful and upsetting time, I'm so glad to read that you and your family are safe!

Adinda said...

Hey that sounds really scary! Good you and your family are ok. I live in Taiwan, known for some nasty earthquakes too. But I never experienced something bad like this! Hope the earthquake is not coming back and things get better.

Emma Lock said...

I'm sorry you have had this happen! I am glad you and your family are safe, I hope things get better!

Kelly said...

I'm truly glad to hear you guys are safe and had a safe place to go to. I went through a very light earthquake that lasted no more than a minute and was already bad enough.
Keep us updated, ok? :) We'll all be worried about you guys and the possible stronger earthquake coming up.

Allyssa | The Barn said...

Wow, that's scary! I can't even imagine. I'm glad you're okay! Stay safe!

Alecia Zasiebida said...

so scary. praying for you all. I am so glad you are okay- my thoughts are with you :) xoxo

Alycia said...

Hey girl. Hope you're ok. I've been checking my earthquake feed (heh I'm terrified of them) every since and there's a ton of activity on your island. I'm so sorry you have to experience this! I've only had to experience short quick quakes. Know that (even tho we met via blog) you're always welcome to have a safe haven here in San Francisco if anything else gets worse. Though being with family is best in these times. Stay strong my dear and please be safe. Thinking about you and wearing your necklace today.<3

stephanie court said...

Oh my goodness, how scary! I live in California and earthquakes are one of my biggest fears here. I'm glad to hear you are all okay! Hang in there, my dear. :)

Jane said...

oh my gosh. that must have been terrifying. thinking of you xx really makes me think about escape plans that includes pets as well. glad to hear that you are all ok. take care xx

alice-jane // crazy red pen said...

I'm so happy to hear that you're okay! I experienced a very minor earthquake last year, which was a freak earthquake on the East Coast (earthquakes don't happen 99.99% of the time, imho), and I was so scared. I can't imagine your experience. Hang in there and thinking of you! ^.^

julia said...

oh my word. that is terrifying!! i'm so glad you guys are okay.

Tara Victoria said...

corina, i am so glad you are ok. i can't even imagine how terrifying that must have been. i'm so sorry to hear this, sending big hugs!! my thoughts are with you guys xoxo

Nataya A said...

Truly glad you're okay. I experienced terrible one in Indonesia 2006 cause my hometown is so dense. I would say be sure to double check the damage in where you stay to be more cautious. Few days ago it happened again in my hometown, I can't sleep, I live abroad, I'm totally worried about my family. My pray for them and for you and your island too, I hope all safe.

Krystal K. said...

"Things that felt so important yesterday are zero today. How everything can change in 5 seconds right?"

Wow, I'm so glad you're alive and well and able to even discuss what happened! That is so frightening! Thank you for sharing. It reminds us all to count our blessings!

Rachel said...

Oh my god. That is so so so awful. Poor thing. :( Sending so much love and warmth your way!!!


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Shayla LaFreniere said...

Oh my goodness so glad you are okay!

Latrina M. said...

So, so happy you guys are safe. <3 I've been sending you so much love & good vibes all week! xoxo

Kate Amunrud said...

I'm praying for you! I hope you remain safe and are able to recuperate after all the trauma!