Monday, May 12, 2008

Is this an earthquake?

I was in class this afternoon for all of about ten minutes trying to teach my students some new vocabulary words. A lot of them stopped repeating after me and I put down my book to give them a stern talking to about how it is important for them to practice their English. When I turned to look at the kids they were all whispering and pointing and I had no idea what was going on, but then I realized that the lights and ceiling fans were shaking and my stomach felt a little queasy. I looked outside and sure enough we were having an earthquake and everyone was evacuating the building. I panicked a little and went outside to see if everything looked OK. I was teaching on the fourth floor so I knew I should get my class out of the building in the event that something did happen. Some of them seemed scared and some of them were joking around so I just tried to compose myself and ushered them all out the door. We went and waited on the sports field until we were given the all-clear to go to our next class. All in all it was kind of crazy to experience my first earthquake here in China. You can read about it here.
I'll let you all know if anything else happens.

1 comment:

UB said...

I know it must have been just aweful for you Erin. One time I thought I was in the middle of an earthquake, but later I realized it was that dam second or third bowl of chilli I had at Grandmom's the night before...but Im ok now, thank's. Whewwwww !!!!!