Coronavirus Diary: Day 16 – Idaho Earthquake

This is a reflection of my own personal experience as a twenty-something living in Idaho – one of the last states to get their first confirmed case of COVID-19. Please listen to the national, state, and local guidelines that are being communicated in your area. 

Tuesday, March 31st 8:22PM

I haven’t written a daily post in a while – I was starting to feel that my days were growing a bit mundane (I’m pretty habitual and there’s only so much you can do inside). BUT… today calls for a special post. Why you may ask? BECAUSE WE HAD AN EARTHQUAKE!

The last two workdays have sped by as I’ve been super busy with some upcoming product launches (I’m the Product Launch Manager). I’m super appreciative that I’m busy as it makes my workdays go by quickly.

After work, I did my normal routine of starting a workout. But I was about 7 minutes into my workout when my husband interrupted me to come into the office. As I was stepping into the office there was a loud noise like a very large gush of wind had hit the building (this didn’t catch me off guard too much as it had been raining all day). At the same time as the noise, my husband pointed to the closet doors swaying, but instead, I noticed the blinds swinging back and forth. As soon as I saw the blinds I immediately blurted out, “it’s an earthquake.” We then stood under the door frame we were near and waited it out. 

Idaho 6.5 Earthquake felt in Boise

There isn’t any immediate damage that we’ve seen. We did have a few small things fall off the wall, but nothing is broken. Sean said he was feeling a bit seasick and I was a bit shakey from my adrenaline. So naturally we poured ourselves some wine. Needless to say, that was the end of my workout for the evening.

This was Sean’s first earthquake, my second. That’s why I knew what it was right away – swinging blinds and warping walls are burnt into my memory – haha!

After the earthquake was done shaking us, we had our eyes glued to our phones to find any information we could. It took a while for the data to be published (everyone is working from home), but it turns out it was a 6.5 magnitude quake. The epicenter happened about 75 miles Northeast of us near Shake Creek – no joke! After a bit more digging it looks like we experienced a 3.6 from where we were.

There have since been quite a few aftershocks, at least 8, none of which we have felt (we think). Okay, I lied. I just double-checked to see when the last aftershock was… storytime: I’ve been sitting on the couch and two times now, I’ve said to Sean, “I swear I feel something”. But because it’s taking a while for the websites to update with info, I’m not thinking much of it. But this last time I felt it I checked the time, 8:10PM. Sure enough, when I just checked it said there was an aftershock of 4.4 Magnitude at 8:09PM. CRAZY!

Tonight’s Activities:

  • Start Workout
  • Experience Earthquake
  • Drink Wine
  • Eat Dinner
  • Experience Aftershocks
  • Write Blog Post

I cannot believe we had this big of an earthquake and all while we’re fighting a pandemic! Earthquakes aren’t that normal for Idaho and we haven’t had this big of one since 1983. What’s wild is that I was recently researching Idaho earthquakes and where the fault lines are after the recent earthquake in Salt Lake City.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy – take care!
Hayle

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This is a reflection of my own personal experience as a twenty-something living in Idaho – one of the last states to get their first confirmed case of COVID-19. Please listen to the national, state, and local guidelines that are being communicated in your area. 

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