Earthquake 4.5

Today a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Gyeongju in South Korea – possibly an aftershock from last week’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the same area? I wasn’t there for last week’s, but I felt this one.

I felt a slight shaking as I was eating dinner and wondered whether this was another earthquake, but by the time the thought had formed, and I had put my spoon down and placed my hand on the table, the shaking had become so faint I wondered if it was all in my head and I was being paranoid, or my head had gone dizzy all of a sudden.

An hour later my boyfriend confirmed that yes, actually, it had been an earthquake!

Thus was spent half an hour of my evening looking up ‘what to do in an earthquake’. I learnt that one should not hide under a doorframe, because in modern houses, they are just as strong as the rest of the house (or weaker!) and will not provide any better protection. In fact, the swinging door could just cause you harm.

So, what you’re supposed to do if you are indoors in an earthquake, is hide under a solid piece of furniture like a table, crouched down with your arms over your head to protect it from falling objects, while holding onto said furniture for support.

You should also avoid windows, outside walls, and anything heavy that might topple over and squash you.

After reading this, I looked around my apartment and noted that:

  • The only solid piece of furniture I can hide under is my dining table
  • The dining table is located right next to a large window
  • Which also means it is located right next to the outside wall
  • It is also located in my kitchen, which is apparently the worst place to be in when an earthquake happens

So… guess I’m screwed? o.O


‘Hiding From The World’. Source: FurLined, DeviantArt.

P.S. I know, it’s been more than a year since I updated this blog… one hopes my next update will be on a shorter time scale. What can I say, I’ve been having too much fun 😉


Pack Up and Go!

Off on a New Adventure. Where to? Oh, I’m glad you asked. I’m moving here:

View of Seoul

View of Seoul from Namsan Tower.

I’ve been there on holiday before, but I’ve never lived there. At the moment, my Korean is also limited to saying things like, “Hello, I am Nicole,” “Where is the toilet?” and, “I want to eat now.”

Which are all important things to know how to say, but a bit limiting if you want to have a conversation with someone. That’s okay, though. I’m raring to go and ready to learn the language!

I created this blog because I feel like it’s a new adventure, a new phase of life, one which I would like to share, so I hope you will have as much fun reading it as I will have writing it. (I’m assuming I will have fun, is that being too optimistic?)

I won’t be in South Korea for a few months yet, though – first it will be some rest and relaxation at home, in Malaysia, and then, then, it will begin.

The New Adventure.
South Korea.
대한민국 (Daehan Minguk).

… just to clarify, I will still post stuff, even though I’m not physically there yet! After all, they say that the paths we take can be just as interesting as the destination… or… something. You know what I mean.