The quake's epicenter was off the eastern coast of Hualien County, which is about 75 miles from where we are staying in Taichung. The Central Weather Bureau said this is the strongest quake to hit Taiwan this year and the quake was caused by the friction between the Eurasian plate and the Philippine sea plate.
Joel and I were working on our computers when the quake hit. Earthquakes are always frightening. We didn't know if it was going to be minor or our last goodbye. Taiwan builds to earthquake code but Joel and I have seen their construction and we had our doubts when our building was shaking! Ethan unfortunately was the one who was hurt. Joel and I were standing in the hall for a moment not knowing if we should get the kids up or not and we heard glass clanking together in Ethan's room. A second later he was screaming. When we walked in he was sitting in a pile of glass.
And the glass left after Joel pulled the fixture from Ethan's bed. Joel helped me calm down and put a bandage on Ethan's cut and then we rushed by taxi to the hospital. Joel stayed with Evie who not surprisingly slept through the entire thing.
This is Ethan, finally peaceful after his first sedative.
Ethan woke up as soon as the doctor started suturing him. The nurse tried to hold him down but unfortunately I had to help too. If felt awful holding him down and not being able to calm him down
This is after the second sedative. Ethan was still strong and fighting even in his sleep. I had to sit on him just after I took this...fun.
Ethan, totally sacked. We got him home but kept him in bed with us for a few hours to monitor his breathing since he had two sedatives.