Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake

I just experienced my 2nd earthquake. So very real and scary. The first earthquake I experienced I was in college and it was shortly after 9/11 so automatically we thought we were under attack.

This time around I thought I was seeing things. Thought I was seeing my computer sway. I actually rubbed my eyes and sat up straight just in case. I also thought I was feeling things because I could swear the building was moving.

I looked over at my co-worker and I saw that she was doing the same thing and a few minutes later everyone is out of their chairs asking, "Do you feel that?"

We all felt it and for a moment you are unsure what to do. Should you go under your desk? Leave the building. Thank God it only lasted for a few moments so there was no time to prepare to protect yourself. But it makes me realize that I have no idea how to protect myself from an earthquake.

They say there will be aftershocks and that other cities felt the earthquake a lot harder. I hope everyone is safe and sound.

26 comments:

  1. We actually felt it slightly in Atlanta. My coworker and I thought someone was running around upstairs, then we remembered we were on the top floor!

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  2. So glad you are ok! That is such a scary feeling!

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  3. Yea I felt it here too. I'm all the way up North so I can only imagine how people in VA reacted. Had to be pretty powerful if the center of it was a couple of states away.

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  4. glad you are safe! I most definitely am safe all the way over here in Washington. Nothing exciting ever happens to us....

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  5. When I first moved to CA-earthquakes really freaked me out. Like, I was paranoid for "the big one" to come any day. But then I realized that if I'm going to live here, you can't obsess over it- you just roll (literally) with them. But having them back east is a totally different thing. So glad you are ok!

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  6. Glad you are safe! We felt it hard here in Virginia but we are ok. It was terrifying at work. Ceiling tiles were falling down and bookshelves were teetering. I didn't know what to do but we evacuated. Crazy! I was so worried for baby girl! My husband made me leave work even though they let us go back inside!

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  7. we felt it in Philly, in the middle of a (serious) faculty meeting (the timing couldn't be better). i hope everyone is ok.

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  8. wow! I hadn't even heard there was an earthquake, I would have FREAKED out...

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  9. So glad to hear you're alright! Lots of people here said they felt the quake but somehow I didn't. I must be very un-observant!

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  10. I'm so glad that you guys are alright. I've only been through one earthquake myself and they are so surreal. I remember thinking I might die and feeling so calm. Such a weird experience.

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  11. An earthquake on the east coast would be like a hurricane on the west. I would freak out over a hurricane. Earthquakes are always over so fast that you don't really have time to think about it. Hurricanes seem days longs and you have to hide in you basement and maybe lose power. That sounds terrifying to this west coaster.

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  12. Geeeee ..and they were talks about an imminent earthquake on the west coast these past couple weeks ..
    Glad you're safe though ...I've experienced one and I agree its unnatural and scary at the same time ..the best thing to do though is to try and get out in the open !

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  13. I know that was scary. Glad this one was somewhat mild. Hopefully you'll never feel another one again.

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  14. I felt it. I was in the same room as my husband and I said, "Do you feel the floor shaking?" He didn't feel a thing! I thought it was my imagination until I heard the news later.

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  15. I live in SW CT and didn't feel anything, but my husband did at work 1 town over from where we live.

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  16. I felt the exact same way as you. I thought I hit my PC by accident, then I felt the table shake and I felt the feeling through my body. It lasted for about 5 seconds but it was scary for those 5 seconds- of course we just stood at our cubes and didn't go anywhere. Just glad it wasn't big and no one was hurt!

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  17. Crazy, right? I didn't feel it where I'm at in North Carolina, but in other parts of the state my friends and family did. WOW...how unreal to hear about this...

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  18. l can imagine, glad you are alright, first time here

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  19. You know when I lived in T&T we experienced quite a few earthquakes when I was growing up. They're scary but I was younger and actually thought they were fun. Now that I'm older and I've seen the destruction and harm they can bring....not so much. I'm glad you're safe. That was one freakish earthquake though. People in Toronto felt it.

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  20. Here in nyc, some felt it some didn't. I was one of those that didn't. Yes, so glad it wasn't damaging.

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  21. No joke... it was felt here in Ohio...and I missed it.
    Cause I was in the bathroom. lol
    My coworkers are still teasing me. I still to this day have never experienced (slept through two others in California)... I hope everyone in Virigina is recovering well though.

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  22. We're planning on moving to California in the near future, and that's one thing I don't look forward to. Being from the south, I can handle a tornado, hurricane, hail storm, etc. An earthquake takes it to a different level.

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  23. I didn't even feel it in Saratoga. Clinton called me and I was like "shut up." haha

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  24. I seriously still can't believe you guys had an earthquake over there!! So glad you're safe, Faith!

    I experienced one in California, and it was the most bizarre and terrifying thing EVER. I was totally in shock the whole time it was happening!

    Anyway, enjoy the wedding and your time in NYC this weekend!!

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