Locals React to Earthquake

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

If you thought the only natural disasters that happened in the panhandle were hurricanes, think again.

Even though we don't live on a fault line, quakes can still happen because of the long-term stress underneath the plates. Many residents found this out only after this moving experience.

Justin Jefferson knows what it's like to be in an earthquake from his experiences living in California, but things have been pretty calm in his Gulf Coast Medical Hospital room until Sunday morning's tremors.

Justin said, "The nurse was in here trying to get my blood pressure. I felt the shaking of the earthquake. She started flipping out."

Justin wasn't alone. Many people down his hall and across the state felt exactly what he felt, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake, coming from the Gulf of Mexico.

Things may look pretty calmed down now, but Sunday's quake is the largest of more than a dozen shocks that have been recorded in the area in the past 30 years. Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries from the vibrations. Many say it was just an eye-opening experience.

Michelle Crawford of the Gulf Coast Medical Center said, "The IV bags shook a bit. A couple patients felt they could feel the vibrations. Those of us sitting could feel the vibrations. It was pretty strong because we felt a little dizzy and lightheaded."

Many people compared the tremors to being in a construction zone, saying the vibrations came in from the ground up.

Some said it was a side to side more than an up and down shake. It lasted only about 20 seconds, but it’s something that will probably be talked about for a long time to come.


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