Because some of you have just had killer tornadoes in your neck of the woods, I know that you are disaster dizzy right now. However, I do want to assure those who have enquired about the earthquake that measured 6.3 in Chiang Rai yesterday. We felt it, but no damage in Chiang Mai. It lasted maybe slightly over a minute here. I knew within the first nth of a second what was happening. I was at the computer and it was rocking back and forth. I feared the bookshelves that I had stacked on top of some chests would fall on my head. However, it was ending when I finally went outside and was greeted by the landlady informing me that it was an earthquake.
This AM I called one of the Mienh ladies whom I trained long ago to see what it was like there. She is in Mae Jan district of Chiang Rai province just north of Chiang Rai city. There were two tremors while we were talking. I heard the first one of those shake the bookshelf, but that was all. She felt both strongly.
I also called someone in Chiang Kham (next province South of Chang Rai) and they had no damage, but a bit of a scare.
Another time during my first years in Thailand, we went with the youth in the hostel and the staff to a Christmas service in a village maybe 4-6 kilometers south of Chiang Kham. There is no indoor heating here, so we were freezing and all bundled up in winter-wear. During the sermon, I started to feel dizzy like I needed to regurgitate—but I never throw up. I looked at my friend next to me. Her eyes were bugged. She grabbed my leg and pointed to the ceiling. The non-operative large ceiling fans were spinning twice as fast as the highest level they could go on electricity! I thought we needed to leave the building, but no one got up and the preacher kept preaching. The Thai are supposed to be calm in all situations.
Some of you know that I claim to be able to predict earthquakes—after they happen. This time was no exception. For about 4 days I had been feeling strangely weak and sleepy—falling asleep all day long. I even had a bit of very low fever. I thought it was from overwork while moving my colleague’s things into my house or maybe I was getting diabetic. I was so confused that I thought it was Saturday until 2PM I opened the computer and saw that it was Sunday. I went out on the street to ask someone what day it was. The young woman who is going to take my place teaching the kids came by about 3. I had given her all the needed plans and materials the week before so I wasn’t really missed. Now I know why I was feeling like that—it is typical reaction to a forth coming earthquake. It‘s like back in the Central US when we predict tornadoes by the stillness, quietness and heaviness of the air.
I hope that none of you go through either of these natural phenomena again.
P.S. Look up Chiang Rai earthquake on the web if you would like to view pictures