In 1989 I was sitting 26 miles from the epicentre of the 5.6 magnitude Newcastle earthquake in Australia.
Today I was nearing the end of my lunch hour in an empty cubicle, enjoying the natural light coming in from a huge window beside me, and deep into the Trylle Trilogy book I’m reading. At first I thought the rattling was a truck coming into the loading dock beneath me then it got louder and more jolting and it seemed as though people upstairs were rolling out a lead floor. Oh, I know what this is……
Time to get away from the window and stand in the doorway.
People around me laughed later and said “you were so calm” – really I was just annoyed to have my reading interrupted!
I work in Virginia, a smidgen closer to this epicenter than DC – things fell off the wall in our office, light covers came down from the ceiling but no-one was hurt. The metro system was totally messed up this afternoon as the trains slowed to 15 mph while tracks were checked, some station entrances were closed, platforms overflowed and there were massive delays.
After reading some local neighbourhood blogs while at work I was expecting to come home and find the home alarm blaring – but nope it was still set. If I hadn’t known there was an earthquake I would’ve thought that someone had come into the house and just moved things around to annoy me! There were a few things thrown off shelves on the ground floor and some ornaments were facing the wall instead of outwards. Upstairs a picture had come off the wall, photos were lying face down, books had fallen off a book shelf, my perfume bottles had fallen over and one rower out of a little bamboo boat was lying on the floor.
Now we wait to see if Hurricane Irene comes our way……