Monday, March 20, 2006

Earthquakes in Duesseldorf?

I felt an earthquake here in Duesseldorf no more than five minutes ago. It is now Monday, March 20, 2006 at 16:10 and my desk and apartment was shaking back and forth ever so slightly. I know for my apartment building was shaking. We are on the top floor, the 6th floor in the terms of a US count and the 5th floor for a German count. It was rocking back and forth. I am going to locate online some type of recording of the seismic event and update this post later.

I never thought there were earthquakes in Germany, but a friend of mine that lives here in Germany says he has even felt them. So I know they exist, but I didn't believe it until today. Amazing. I thought when I left San Francisco I would not feel another earthquake. Wrong.


Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

WOW, i would not have thought that either, i will have to ask my friends that live in dusseldorf, they have lived there all their lives!
Have you had Orangina over there yet, its a drink, its really good..are you trying lots of different foods, donèt you love the grocery stores?

5:05 PM  
Blogger James said...

Hi Kim: Yeah, I have had Orangina before while living in the US. M loves it so we have it in our home all the time. I like shopping at Aldi, the prices are so LOW! It's great!

5:21 PM  
Blogger GC PHILO said...

Earthquake? Are you sure it wasn't some fat German lady named Broonhilda grinding up a fresh batch of Bratwurst?

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Maybe the margaritas had a delayed effect?

I've always wanted to feel the earth move... uh... i mean an earthquake!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

There are earthquakes in Europe but they are normally really mild ones.

9:12 PM  
Blogger James said...

GC Philo: My partner and I had a good laugh after reading your comment!

Adam: Maybe it was the margaritas.

Haddock: I've heard that before.

Everyone: I seriously felt my floor rocking or bouncing today so I automatically assumed it was an earthquake, coming from San Francisco. I have felt a few in my 6 years of living in San Francisco. I found out later that they are remodeling the apartment next to mine. It was the beginning of the major work so I just found out after they shook the building. I think they are ripping up the wood flooring.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Good to know that it wasn't an earthquake. I thought moving here would limit my contact with natural disasters!

I like your blog, and wanted to let you know that I am adding a link to it on my own.


9:53 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I'm with Haddock Earthquakes in Europe are mild and no big deal. You should know earthquakes... I was swimming when the 1989 quake hit SF area... That was definitely something! So much happened for sure...

It's like thinking there can't be an earthquake up here in Vancouver when we must live along the fault line somehow.

Check out some of the info on earthquakes in Europe to check out the faults, rather cool...

10:57 PM  
Blogger saksa2000 said...

Even if it was not an earthquake what you have experienced yesterday, don't feel too safe in DUS.
I remember a horrible earthquake here in 1992. Ok, maybe it was horrible only for a Duesseldorfer who never has experienced something like this before. But it took about 15 seconds and everything was shaking and there was deep deep rumbling.
That was more than enough for the rest of my life! I guess I should avoid trips to Japan or SF.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I live in Düsseldorf and if there was a quake I was to sleepy to notice :)

2:51 PM  

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