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Seattle Earthquakes

This is for AbdulAziz. I had just posted my Pacific Northwest Bouillabaisse when I read his comment on the Seattle Houseboat Culture, and his experience with a Seattle earthquake.

In 1996, we bought a house in a Seattle suburb. We had been living in Florida, and I never liked it. In the Tampa Bay area, it was always too hot, too humid, I never felt like I had my normal energy. I was so delighted to get back to the Pacific Northwest.

“No more sinkholes!” I told my husband. “No more hurricanes! You’re going to love Seattle.”

We had just moved in. I was in our bedroom reading, my husband and son and a visiting friend were playing a board game in the living room and all of a sudden the game seemed to be getting a little rowdy. They must be wrestling or something, because the house was shaking. But the shaking got more and more violent, the entire house was shaking back and forth on its foundation. I could hear my husband in the dining room telling them to stop, and then realizing that the chandelier was swaying so violently because it was an earthquake.

That winter, the day after Christmas was a huge snowstorm, all the electricity went out for several days and we were totally snowed in, cold, freezing cold, no heat.

My husband has never let me forget it. I have photos of him, out in his big coat and fur hat, shovelling the acres of snow off the drive so we could get over to my parents and . . . shovel more snow.

“No hurricanes!” he taunts me. “No sinkholes! But earthquakes and snowstorms! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!”

January 3, 2007 - Posted by | Christmas, Family Issues, Marriage, Relationships, Seattle


  1. Hehehe , funny story 🙂
    id stick with the humidity and hurricanes too 🙂

    Comment by Abdulaziz | January 3, 2007 | Reply

  2. Give me earthquakes and snowstorms any day! I like the dry heat (and air conditioning) of Kuwait, but the humidity of Tampa/St. Pete sapped my energy and spirit in a way I can’t handle!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. hey good story but everywhere there’s stuff like that so worry
    you might go bye bye

    Comment by shana (shawna) | February 28, 2007 | Reply

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