So we were caught unawares the other day when our rented house at Samara Beach rattled and juddered for five seconds. We had a strange sensation of the floor tilting somewhat.
We haven’t been all that impressed with the standards in this house, so our first reactions were not “earthquake, run for the open”, but rather, “what the heck is the problem with this house now?” Rather than springing into action, we just looked at each other blankly, gobs agape.
The girls had just started writing postcards so were only delighted to have a bit of excitement to include as news.The water in the swimming pool rippled over and back for half a minute after and the monkeys in the coconut trees above shouted and howled hysterically.
It was only 4.7 magnitude, so we weren’t unduly alarmed until our neighbour told us the earthquake wasn’t so much a worry as the tsunami that might follow, as we’re only metres from the sea. He pointed to a hotel high on the hill and said if another one happened we had less than ten minutes to grab the children and get up there.
There’s a lot to be said for being clueless about these things.