03 December 2012

Car Accident & Earthquake - Sheesh

At 2:45pm, my wife's car was rear-ended. Not terribly hard, but she was looking over her shoulder while awaiting a chance to merge into traffic. As a result, it rang her bells to a fair extent. Not much damage to the car, and she's probably lucky to get off with just some sore muscles.

At 4:42, we had another earthquake. This one was strong enough that knick-knacks fell off of shelves, dishes were rearranged in the cabinets, and we asked Younger Daughter to hold up the TV so it wouldn't fall over. The 'quake lasted for about 90 seconds, and the lamps were swaying even after we couldn't feel the floor shaking any more.

How strong was it? First figures indicate a 5.8 magnitude, 25 miles west of here.

23 comments:

Matt said...

Shake rattle and roll....

Hope the wife doesn't get too sore.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Matt. She'll be seeing a chiropractor tomorrow.

daddybearsden.com said...

Wow, what a day. Hope she feels better after seeing the chiropractor.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, daddybear.

Graybeard said...

Good to hear you're both OK. I can't really relate on the earthquake, something I've never experienced, but I have been whacked in traffic enough times to know how that feels.

Murphy's Law said...

Best wishes sent for the wife. That sux.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Graybeard. A sufficiently-strong 'quake can leave one quite disoriented: there's nothing you can do, nothing to grab hold of, and nowhere to run.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, ML.

Peter said...

Glad to hear your wife's OK. Miss D. injured her shoulder and neck in just such a rear-end accident while she was looking to one side, so be careful! See to it that your wife's doctor(s) check everything and make sure they don't miss anything.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Peter; that's good advice.

Six said...

5.8 is a good shake Rev. Glad to hear you guys weathered it and prayers that your wife is Ok. Peter is correct. I've investigated many (many!)hundreds of accidents and was trained as an accident reconstructionist. Injuries can happen at even very slow speeds. I always recommend checking with ones family doctor.

threecollie said...

Ouch, too much excitement for one day, that's for sure. Hope the missus feels okay today. That is a nasty kind of injury.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

I'm so sorry to hear about your wife and the care being rear ended. Please tell your wife to get out of bed real slow the next morning because she will be hurting more.

Earth quakes, glad to hear you didn't have any major damage. We've been experiencing earth quakes here too.

ProudHillbilly said...

Tell wife to keep close "eye" on her neck. People make jokes about whiplash but it can take a few days to show up and it can really mess you up.

Rev. Paul said...

threecollie, Sandy, and PH - thank you. Unfortunately, this isn't our first rodeo ... we have some experience with whiplash. :(

Jenny said...

Eeek!
Bless her, I hope no serious damage was done.

The ride sounds like fun - hope nothin' was damaged.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Jenny; she'll be fine, I think.

The 'quake was a little scary, being stronger (i.e., more violent) than usual.

MO Bro said...

Sorry to hear about the slam that wasn't grand... no advice here as enuf has been given already!
Peace!

Rev. Paul said...

Bro, you know I'll always listen to my little brother. :)

SENIOR said...

Once I got to feel what an earthquake feels like on a ship at anchor in Chile. We all ran around to see what equipment was about to break. Hope you guys are ok and hope the wife feels better.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Sr. Chief. We came through the 'quake with only some fallen decorations. The wife's recovery will take a bit longer.

Teresa said...

Oh my - the earthquake I knew about but sorry to hear about the accident. That sucks! Hope she's back up and moving easily very quickly. If not, I hope you have a nice handy Chiropractor hanging about to help out.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Teresa. She's doing okay, so far, and dealing with the pain & soreness, etc. The chiropractor is a good one. :)