Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We Survived the Earthquake?!?!?!

For the most part, my family kind of "enjoyed" the earthquake. 

I was in a staff meeting on the ground floor of my building.  My building is this weird, concrete, early 1970's bunker building - everything is concrete and to be on the ground floor, there is nothing underneath you.  I was using a laptop that was projecting up onto a screen from a projector that is attached to the ceiling.  I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the projection on the screen was vibrating just slightly.  My first thought was the lady next to me hit the table and caused my computer to shake but then I realized, duh, the computer shaking wouldn't shake the projector hanging from the ceiling.  I looked at the screen and again and the vibrating of the projection continued - no one else seemed to notice.  I looked up at the projector and wondered what in the heck was going on upstairs to make the projector shake.  Then I made eye contact with a guy across the table and he joked, "Hey, Erika are you making the screen shake?"  He barely got the words out of his mouth and the rumble started.  There were about 15 of us in the room and a bunch of us all of a sudden had the same realization that it was an earthquake!  The first thing that came to my mind upon the realization was about the recent, rare earthquake in Colorado.  But we're on the east coast!  We all decided to get outside and it was funny to see everyone flooding out of the building. 

By then the quake was over but everyone was just in awe/shock of what happened.  Thankfully no one was panicking - most people were trying to call family/friends on cell phones but most of us couldn't get a call through.  So, what's a girl to do?  Resort to the internet!  I got on Facebook on my phone and was just amazed.  Seeing the "holy shit was than an earthquake" posts over and over was just surreal.  Twitter was the same way.  At first it was just Baltimore people but then I saw friends at Ocean City posting.  I even had a friend in Chapel Hill, NC post she felt it.  Everyone around me was amazed at hearing that! I then started texting Jason and everything was good on his end and he had called home and all was well there too. 

We all calmed down, went back into the building and finished our meeting.  As soon as it was done, I used my office phone to call home.  My MIL and FIL had been sitting at the table with Bryce and Piper (Caroline was at a friend's house) and my MIL said that the table had started shaking and she yelled at my FIL to stop shaking it!  Obviously they figured out quickly he wasn't the one shaking the table. 

I'm just glad that the 5.9 earthquake didn't really do any damage and most of us had a good laugh about it and can say we now know what an earthquake feels like.  It's a crazy week in Baltimore especially with the hurricane a comin'! 

Let's hope today's a little less eventful!

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