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I'm fine, but our building has been evacuated.

The Young Lady had her wits about her - she called the oral surgeon and cancelled her checkup.

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ETA: They let us back in about 20 min. ago. Metro is said to be running in slow motion, so even though we've been given the option to do so, I'm not leaving 'til closer to my usual quitting time.

During the quake, the building swayed (mind you, I'm on the ground floor, and actually about 3 feet into the ground) and my window blinds rattled and swung, but nothing on my shelves fell over. The people on the top floor reported having things fall.



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Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank god I hope that it's over now. I totally am freaked at the momnt please be safe.
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)

Ah, you felt it too? >hugs<

Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Your Young Lady sounds like she's good in a high-anxiety situation -- good on 'er!

I hope everything is okay and all the building-type places are deemed structurally sound.
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)

Our building is pretty new, so at least they know what they're looking at. We don't seem to have any lingering aftereffects.

Aug. 23rd, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Phew. Glad it wasn't too bad for you.
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)

It was just very, very surrealistic!

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Aug. 25th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)

LOL ... we've had a couple of tiny ones in the past couple of years, but this was the first one for which everyone has ended up saying "Holy moly, that's the real thing!"

Aug. 25th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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Well I'm glad you're all okay. Nothing too serious has happened as a result has it?

- Hikari_Mibu on Splashtop Browser
Aug. 27th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
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Heh, your comment got screened and marked as suspicious. You're on some weird browser that doesn't let you sign in to LJ? Even my phone lets me sign in ... .

There have been scattered reports of various types of damage. The National Cathedral lost the capstone on its main tower, for example, and some of its famous gargoyles. We suffered only a few broken statuettes - we have lots of tschotchkes/bric-a-brac, and some of them fell off shelves or the fireplace mantel, and broke.

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Aug. 25th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)

We sometimes get tiny earthquakes, but usually, no one even notices them. This one really called attention to itself! They're saying it's the biggest one in a century.

Aug. 23rd, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
I live about 75 mi. from the epicenter, in a brick 2 story, and it rolled like a boat in a wake! It's the freakiest damn thing I've experienced in a long, long time.

I think I'll be having a couple of much-needed drinks with dinner tonight. (Which I almost never do. @____@ )
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)

I'm glad you all were OK! Yeah, it was scary feeling our 10-story office building swaying and shuddering - I can only imagine what it must have been like for people in taller buildings, like in Rosslyn!

It truly was very strange - I felt completely unreal while it was happening.

Aug. 25th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
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Me too! I've felt like I had to stick up for us all with some of these folks who are from places where quakes are common. They have been poking fun, or acting like, "I don't know why they are making such a big deal of it!" But the thing I said is it's all in what you are used to. For instance,for someone from California, it would be the equivalent of suddenly having a tornado ripping through their area - it's just not something that ever happens, and it would be very unnerving. While I have a healthy respect for them, I still take hurricanes pretty much in stride, because I grew up down here on the coast during a period when there were lots of them, including some really big ones. My daughter-in-law, who was one of the ones giving me shit about getting freaked about the quake, because she is from LA, gets totally terrified every time a hurricane is threatening (like now - she was out buying two generators today!)

So I don't think our reaction was at all unreasonable or disproportionate. If you the ground under your feet has been solid and unmoving for 54 years, and it suddenly starts roiling around, I think it's only natural to be a little disconcerted by it! My other biggest problem was how, in those first few seconds, so many far more scary things I seriously considered before I was sure it was a quake. By the time I figured out for sure it was an earthquake, it was almost a relief. *lol* I guess that's one hazard of having grown up in the era of Cold War brinksmanship and "duck and cover" drills - it's ingrained into my consciousness. And you live in the area that was the #1 Soviet nuclear target, I live in the one that was #2 (we have such an extremely high concentration of military installations in this area) - so I was even more acutely aware of that, when I was of an age to be aware of such things.
Aug. 27th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I remember some of the last bits of Cold War stuff. Lots of the houses in our neighborhood had walled-off unfinished or even unexcavated rooms in their basements. A classmate two doors up had partially dug his out and called it the "Bomb Shelter" - we used to play in it. On the door was that classic poster with what to do in case of a nuclear attack, finishing with "kiss your ass goodbye."

Weirdly, I didn't think of a terrorist attack. The whole thing was too strange to process at first, and then when I stuck my head out the door of my office, my colleague Marina was out there (our offices are part of the organization's library), and when I said "What the heck was that?" she answered "Earthquake!" She had been on the phone with a friend 10 miles away who felt it too. So it wasn't until we were outside and I heard some of the rumors flying around the cowd of evacuees that I even considered terrorism.

Aug. 27th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I remember that poster well - I'm not sure I didn't actually have one of them "back in the day." *lol*

I was actually on the phone with two LJ friends who live in NYC when the quake struck, and after I got over my initial "flummox" and realized it was a quake, I told them I thought that must be what it had to be, and within seconds, they started feeling it there. It was truly one of those things I will never forget. I think it was good for all three of us that we were on the phone and had someone to share the experience with as it happened - it would have been a lot scarier if I had been here alone with no one to talk to as it happened. (Still pretty damn scary, though!)

And no rest for the weary (or is it wicked...), huh? Now we have Irene to deal with! Hope everything goes ok for you! Stay safe!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're safe! >< Take care now.
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)

Aww, thanks!

Edited at 2011-08-25 02:05 am (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're fine. That must be scary.
Kudos to the Young Lady.
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)

It was ... a very strange experience. And yes, the kiddo is a smart cookie!

Aug. 24th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
That's quite a lot of impact. Is the eastern seaboard known for its earthquakes? I don't think I've ever heard of one there before. (I wonder what this bodes for Hibernia and the other offshore drilling sites.)
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)

No, we don't usually have anything but little tiny quakes that people assume are trucks going by or something! This was a once-in-a-century kind of event, from what they're saying.

Hmm, I'm not sure what effects earthquakes would have on drilling rigs ... I mean, they have to be build to withstand pretty wild weather, but this is a different kind of motion.

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