I just have to add to the avalanche of social media outlets reporting on the earthquake we all just felt, basically the entire length of the east coast. So far I’ve heard from people as far as Vermont and Georgia. This is highly irregular, right? How does it reach so far? Is it because it was only 1 km below the surface?
So I was sitting at my desk, which is on the first floor of a building under major renovation. They have been dropping concrete blocks on the floor right above my head for weeks, I was already convinced I was going to die by collapsed ceiling.
When I felt my desk shaking, my first thought was WHAT THE FREAKING HALL YOU CRAZY JERKS (and other words as well) and I started to ask my coworker if she felt it, and then I realized I was standing in the hall and the floor was still shaking. Something fell over somewhere in the office. My office manager came barreling out of her office and started yelling at everyone to get outside. At this point I was still highly confused and pretty convinced the guys doing construction upstairs had just done something seriously bad to our building.
But then we got outside and noticed people streaming out of other buildings on our block, and the elementary school across the street.. And there was this funny echoing “Earthquake! Was that an earthquake? Earthquake?! I think that was an earthquake..”For a moment I was just going noooo couldn’t be..! But then I switched to “Earthquake! Where’s my phone?! Must get on gmail and twitter..!”
Everyone was just standing around outside, wondering what we should do, but then the hair dressers and their wet-haired clients went back inside, and a few others started wandering back in, so I figured it was at least safe to run in and grab my phone… Went back outside for a bit but there didn’t seem to be any emergency personnel coming, we just made the executive decision that it was probably ok to go back to work.
And now we wait for aftershocks I guess? I think I’m going to have all songs with “Shake” in them running through my head for a while..