Tonight, I learned of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan. I can only imagine the destruction and force of such a powerful earthquake. I truly hope the people of Japan are safe.
Now, there's a warning about a possible tsunami heading towards Hawaii. An eruption occurred at Kilauea not too long ago also, I just heard.
Mother nature is truly destructive. I remember being in my first earthquake as a child. It was terrifying. I thought it was the scariest thing ever without realizing that it was nothing in comparison to larger scale earthquakes. I also always thought that earthquakes only shook the ground, but I learned otherwise. Earthquakes not only shake the earth, but tilt the ground.
I remember eating dinner and having everything slide towards me because the earth titled upwards. I was so shaken that I stared outside the window for hours, while my grandparents laughed at me for being so silly because the earthquake was only minor compared to other ones they have felt. I sure cannot handle earthquakes! There's no where to hide.
Although the earthquake I experienced was minor, years later, another earthquake hit my grandparent's village. This time, it was not a laughing matter because the roof collapsed, destroying their home. Many of their neighbors were trapped in their homes and had to be rescued.
I hope that in a few hours, all will be calm. I guess only time will tell. For now, here is a clip of the unfolding drama. I know people are starting to panic, but hopefully this will be another false alarm.