Last night's earthquakes (continuing through today still) are the recent talk. Not having television, apparently I missed the interminable coverage of the television station's own aquarium spilling water over the sides as it rocked.
I happened to be outside near Cheng Ching Lake, far away from any tall buildings, so I was probably in one of the safest areas in Kaohsiung. Still, we definitely felt a nice roll as the ground bucked under us.
12/26 8:34 p.m. the big one, it registered a 5 in Kaohsiung city because its epicenter was closer to Kaohsiung
12/26 8:40 p.m. totally missed it
12/26 11:41 p.m. felt it, but not too big
12/27 10:30 a.m. I am actually not sure if I felt this one. I was parking my scooter, I think.
[image from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website]
As an exercise with my students, since we have been working on descriptive writing, I had them write 3 descriptive sentences about their recent earthquake experiences. These were some of my favorites:
"The ceiling fan swung around like it was going to attack me."
"I was as calm as a vegetable." I am pretty sure this student was building off of (or somehow mistranslating) "cool as a cucumber," but "calm as a vegetable" is quite endearing in its way. Yes, indeed, we are just calm as vegetables.