There was an earthquake last night. A big one. Shortly after 2:05 am, a 7.2 earthquake struck my island. This is the second time in six months that a large earthquake has struck in the middle of the night, following a 7.0 temblor that shook Guam in October 2001. Last night’s quake sent dishes and plates crashing in my house, moved my refrigerator about four feet before dumping its contents on the kitchen floor and broke a number of other things before plunging my home and the rest of Guam into darkness. I can think of nothing worse than these nocturnal earthquakes. They are absolutely terrifying.

But I should thank God no major damage occurred. Buildings on Guam are designed to withstand super typhoons, and the reinforced cement block construction holds up pretty well against earthquakes as well. I think the fact that Guam is an island helps as well. It just bounces and jostles around in the ocean instead of grinding up against a continent or other large immovable mass.

As a testimony to that fact, the power was restored this morning shortly before 10:00 am. That is some kind of record for the Power Authority crews. I congratulate them on a job well done.