Last night, around 11p.m., I had just gotten in bed and was waiting for Eileen to join me. Since we don't have A/C or an evaporative cooler in the house, it sometimes can be a bit warm when we go to bed. Often, we'll take a cold shower before going to bed, which cools us down and allows us to fall asleep. I'd finished my shower and was waiting for Eileen.
Seemed like I was relaxing a bit when I thought I heard Eileen come into the bedroom. I'd felt the bed move. I didn't look up but did open my eyes and I didn't see Eileen. The bed moved again. I sat up to see where Eileen was, thinking she might be crouched down at the foot of the bed, making it move to mess with me...but no Eileen. At that moment, Eileen called out to me from the kitchen, asking if I'd heard that "noise". No. No noise, just movement. Eileen came into the bedroom, scared, wondering what the noise had been. She also thought someone was outside the house by the bay window, rattling the window. Uh, no, don't think anyone could "rattle" the windows. She climbed into bed, still scared, and we were talking about what it might be. Since she hadn't been the one moving the bed, her idea that it was the house "settling" didn't seem to fit. I mentioned that the only time I'd felt a structure move was during the earthquake I experienced in L.A. when I was living there back in 1976. Seemed to me that a house "settling" would be a single movement, but an earthquake could be a continuous movement. Then we fell asleep.
In the morning, I turned my phone on and saw that someone had left a voice message sometime during the night. The time of the message was 12:07a.m. As I started the message, I was walking out of the bedroom into the kitchen. Lo and behold, Grant County had experienced a 5.2 magnitude earthquake around 11p.m.!!! Actually, the earthquake epicenter was south of Safford, AZ, approximately 52 miles from Silver City, NM. Volcanoes and earthquakes are mentioned frequently in the oral history of the Navajo and the Apache in the Southwest, as well as with other native groups in this part of the country. Having lived in the Southwest for over 30 years, this is a first for me. And it was the first earthquake that Eileen had ever experienced.
Ok, time to exit this post with a tune. "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. No connection to this event, for sure, but a song, and a country singer, that I really like. Hope you enjoy it, too...