June 17th, 2007

Egrets Reading

Earthquake Headaches

Today's Los Angeles Times has an opinion piece about unorthodox earthquake predictions. On June 2nd, a LA psychic predicted a 6.5 to 8.0 earthquake would hit the city by the end of the month.

I've often joked about earthquake headaches because I actually have experienced a weird sort of migraine headache within 24 hours before a couple different earthquakes.

I am not usually inflicted with migraines.

The most memorable of these occurances was the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake when I told my husband as we were getting ready for bed that I had a headache.

Ok, not THAT kind of headache, but an earthquake headache. He laughed at me but when we woke up at 7:42 am to a wildly shaking, creaking house (our old 1913 era Craftsman house we shared in Pasadena made weird noises in earthquakes), he sat up in bed and yelled, "Deborah! I told you to take an aspirin!"

This has become a family legend.

As to whether I can really predict earthquakes by these headaches, all I can say is that there have been other earthquakes when I didn't get the headache, so who knows?

However, I did write a cool poem about it which was published in 1997 in Tales of the Unanticipated #18 and then reprinted in Stirring in March, 2000: