Thursday, September 6, 2012

Earthquake!

We interrupt this blog for an important news update:
On September 6, 2012, at roughly 8:42 am, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck 88 miles west of San Jose, terrifying many and putting into effect a tsunami warning for Costa Rica and the surrounding countries. The Red Cross recommends staying calm.....
In San Jose, the effects of the quake were not extraordinary: objects were thrown from tables and shelves, entire buildings were rocked violently back and forth and up and down, and pots, mirrors, and other such things were broken to bits. The mercy of this quake was that it struck 20 miles underground, significantly decreasing the superficial effects of the quake. The following is a story from one of the eyewitnesses herself. It is a story of self-sacrifice, honor, and bravery; a true heart-render, and sure to bring a tear to the eye and valiance to the heart:
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I got up that morning at the usual 5 am, thinking it would simply be another normal day of mission work. After daily mass, we were headed off to the orphanage as we do every Wednesday for our social mission day. We were supposed to arrive at 9, but by the grace of God, we had arrived 1/2 hour early that day. All five of us Gappers were sitting in a room, discussing the plan for the day with when the shaking started. Minnesota doesn't have earthquakes so my first thought was "I didn't know there were train-tracks that ran through the orphanage." My second was "there aren't train-tracks that run through the orphanage", and my third was "so this must be an earthquake". The shaking lasted for nearly a minute, and as the walls of the building continued to shake and buckle, we all stumbled out as quickly as possible, grabbing the hands of the children around us, and congregating in the grass outside. Children were crying, some had been thrown to the ground by the seismic waves... it was pretty disorienting. We linked arms,crouching together until the shaking stopped. The rest of that day was spent with the infants and youngest children of the orphanage, comforting, and caring for them, calling people to tell them that we were alive, watching what we had just experienced unfold on CNN, and then decorating the hallways for Costa Rican Independence Day.

**In another interview, a friend of the eyewitness commented: "Thankfully the orphanage is in the mountains so the effects of the quake were reduced. But never in my life have I seen such quick-thinking and calm in the face of such circumstances. She's a true fighter."
 **the contents of this quote are more or less stretching the truth...

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The lessons from this quake are simple: 
1. Always be aware of your surroundings
2. The best excuse ever for not having a clean room is: 'the earthquake messed it up'
3. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, it is equivalent to a magnitude 7 earthquake, 20 miles underground.
4. Gappers bring it.

Until next time, God bless and goodnight!
Catherine



3 comments:

  1. Love, seriously. So so much. :)

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  2. This song made me think of you-it talks about an earthquake. Enjoy!! Your blogs are very fun to read.

    http://joshgarrels.bandcamp.com/track/songbird

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    1. haha, thanks Katie! Nothing like a good Josh Garrels song to bring back a thousand memories.

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