By now you’ve all heard of the 5.8 (or 5.9?) earthquake that hit central Virginia yesterday, sending shock waves up the east coast. I know you Californians are mocking us, but it was my first earthquake experience and I found it quite disconcerting!
I was working at my desk when it hit. At first we all thought the vibration was due to heavy equipment from nearby construction, but as the building kept shaking we headed for the stairwell. It stopped by the time we got there, so we stopped and asked each other what was going on. (No thanks to my colleagues from California who said it didn’t feel like an earthquake!) We went back to our offices only to be evacuated a few minutes later.
Once I got outside, I was able to reach my son and my mom via text message and confirmed that they were fine. A few minutes later my husband emailed me that he and my Dad’s wife were fine. Phew!
I had a follow-up podiatrist appointment, so as soon as we were allowed back in the building I walked down into the parking garage, got in my car, and fought the early rush hour traffic to get home.
My son made it home first, and said that cabinet doors were open and some things had fallen over. Here’s what my bathroom looked like:
My husband inspected the house as best as he could, and didn’t detect any damage. We did lose a few picture frames that crashed off the wall, but nothing that can’t be fixed, except for this little car.
(That’s its rear windshield up near the top right corner)
I’m sad to hear that the Washington National Cathedral didn’t fare so well (there was damage to three of the four pinnacles), especially after my recent vacation–visiting so many much older churches in Germany has renewed my appreciation for historic architectural landmarks.
Have you ever experienced an earthquake?
If you felt yesterday’s quake, how far away were you from the epicenter?