Friday, May 30, 2008


I think I need to blog now..

First of all, I am fine. Thank you all for your concerns, your emails, comments and twitts.
I am fine.

There was an earthquake here yesterday measured at least 6.1 Richter. It originated in a small mountain/hill right next to the town of Selfoss 30 miles (50K) from Reykjavik.
We did feel it here, it was pretty strong and pretty scary.

They say 28 people were injured, but only minor injuries, cuts and bruises. There is a lot more of people in shock after the whole thing. Most of the people in Selfoss slept in tents last night.

Houses in Selfoss are a mess, they're all still standing, but some are cracked, and some need to be demolished.

There have been almost constant after shakes in Selfoss, mostly small ones, but some over 3 Richter.
There is also increased activity in some hot springs in the area, and apparently some hot clay pits spewing clay in the air.

Now, I'm not trying to be all superhero about this, this was a big thing.
However, this island I live on is located on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, meaning there is a lot of geological activity here.

I was home alone, and jumped in the doorway when I felt this wasn't just a minor quake. The house shook pretty hard, small things fell off shelves and the "chandelier" in the kitchen rocked back and forth.

I say my walls are thin because they aren't soundproof. They are about 20cm thick concrete and wire, built to withstand this kinda thing.
There are small cracks in the walls here at home, but saying that they grew bigger since yesterday could just be my imagination. I mean, it's possible, I just don't know.

I was also home alone during a big earthquake we had in 2000 (6.6 Richter, although this one felt much bigger) and then once during a 5 pointer I was in a storage facility for old airline tickets, which was kinda creepy.

My point being, today, is just good old Friday.
Yesterday, I was shaking hours after the quake, but today, I'm just enjoying my vacation.
Sure, there is a lot more of news on TV, and a possible big after shake expected, but if it comes, it comes.

This link is to an icelandic news site, there you can see some pictures from Selfoss and practice your icelandic (I dunno).

I've felt some minor rumbling while writing this blog, but it's possible that it's only my imagination. It might also very well be real, but honestly, it doesn't matter, when the only constant you have isn't constant anymore everything becomes surreal.

-and then you get over it, until the next big one..


billilovesmargot says... said...

i'm glad you're ok.

revilomat said...

I tried to imagine what that must feel like. But I'm not really able to...

It is everytime shocking to me, how powerless we are. The only thing to do is to live on, no matter what... but I still have a really hard time to get used to that.

I hope that you and your people can cope with that shock quickly and that this shit stops happening for at least the next 100 years!

I wish you a calm and peaceful weekend.

jp3d said...

Good to hear that everyone is safe. The last big one we had was 7.2 in 1992 and I still remember it and the aftershocks. The feeling of helplessness is incredible and thrilling, even for smaller quakes. Your entire frame of reference is thrown off: how can solid ground be moving!?

Cracks in the wall sounds pretty scary. I remember driving around days after the earthquake to see the damage like this house which fell off its foundations.

We were pretty lucky though. The damage from the earthquake in China is truly horrifying. Nearly 10,000 dead, 1/3 of buildings collapsed, children buried in their schools... I can't even imagine what they are going through.

Ben Robot said...

ride those waves of fun next time. or, you know, not. earthquakes ftl :(

Claudia said...

omg! I'm glad you're ok!

Jase said...

Come live with me!

JX said...

Wow, that's quite "shocking"

I'm glad you're OK!

. said...

mE TOO. Sorry. We kid around but in the end, I'd be really sad if you were gone.

And why were you in a storage facility for old airline tickets? They don't just toss them in the trash?