I work at a large teaching hospital in Baltimore in one of the many
research buildings. Whenever we have a fire drill there are many of
us who have to be dragged out of our labs to comply with the safety
regulations. Today, I saw hundreds of folks pouring out of many
buildings without anyone being coaxed out. I'm usually the last out
during a fire drill, I was one of the first out today.
Over the past 6 years we've have lots of outside construction (road
work, foundations for new buildings) that have caused vibration in our
buiding but today's "vibrations" and shakes were something I had never
experienced before. I prefer my "rocking and rolling" on a surfboard.
On Tue, 23 Aug 2011 18:32:01 -0700 (PDT), marc rosen
I grew up in LoCal. Those little shakers are common. In CA, the only
people screaming and running are the out-of-staters. The rest of us
(using that in past tense) just sit 'em out with silly grins.
Well, at least the 5ers and less. 3-4 quakes are the most common.
I've only felt a couple since moving to Oregon. One gave me a start. I
was concentrating on the computer when it sounded like a truck came
through the living room wall. It was over in 1/2 second, and there
were no aftershocks worth mentioning. Just a WHAM! and silence. Very
strange. I thought about it for a few seconds, realized that both the
front and back windows shuddered at nearly the same time, shrugged,
and knew that it was just a fast-moving shockwave.
My neigbor's friend lives in Baltimore and was on the toilet when that
one hit. She got a shot of cold water on her bum as the quake rumbled.
I suppose the restroom is the place to be when you get the crap scared
out of you. ;)
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.
-- Robert J. Sawyer
We were in Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Building is fairly new,
and built to some kind of quake standards. We were on the second floor by
the cafetaria. My wife thought I was crazy complaining about the floor
moving under my chair. I felt like it moved with about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch
sway for half a minute or so. I later heard about the "quake". No
evacuations or anything there. Grandchildren had a ball, didn't feel the
quake at all.
1. I didn't actually think there would be two of them, but one never knows!
2. I had my kids and wife in the car at the time and they were't as keen on
exploring as me. I would have spent hours there if I could. Cool, deserted
place - figuratively speaking.
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