Eat, sleep, lift her head to meow, and sleep some more. That is how Muffy passes her day away in the caravan. We were away for the weekend with our caravan club friends at Paekakariki, on the Kapiti Coast when the big 6.6 earthquake struck at 2.31pm on Friday afternoon. Its centre was 10km south east of Seddon in the South Island which has been having a lot of earthquake activity lately. But the tremors were so strong we were sure it was happening right underneath our feet.
We had just finished stocking up at the supermarket with some essential weekend supplies when things started going strange. Pushing our trolley across the supermarket car park, tremors ran up our legs and the ground started bucking up and down. It was such a weird feeling. Holding on the the trolley as our legs tried hard to hold us up, we looked in wonder as the parked cars started bouncing up and down. Wow – that was a big earthquake! The biggest one we have felt for some time.
Back at the caravan park we experienced many aftershocks, one after the other, and our caravan shook and swayed each time. But the myth that animals know when an earthquake is on the way is untrue, especially in Muffy’s case. As an early warning device for incoming earthquakes, Muffy fails spectacularly. She didn’t even lift her head to see what was going on. Just slept blissfully through each and every one. “Stop shaking the caravan, I’m trying to sleep”, she was probably thinking. It’s a good life being a cat!