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August 24th, 2011

Unless you live outside of the US, I suppose you've heard of the earthquake we had on the east coast today.  The Californians have been  teasing us for our reaction to the earthquake.  But it was a 5.8 earthquake and not something to be ignored.  I lived in earthquake prone Japan for many years and never felt anything as strong as this earthquake.  True it wasn't a massive earthquake but relatively speaking it was big for us in the DC area because we're near the epiccenter and rarely rarely ever have earthquakes.  And you have to remember we have no idea which buildings meet earthquake codes because well...we've never really had to worry about earthquakes before.  Certainly not earthquakes strong enough to makes stuff fall off shelves.  


I was home when it happened and sitting in my room watching a video on the computer.  Suddenly I felt the floor shake and dismissed it thinking maybe there's a huge 18-wheeler passing through the neighborhood or something. Because earthquakes just don't happen in Maryland.  Then the tremor became bigger and bigger making the whole house shake and stronger than anything I felt in Japan. It was strong enough to make me feel the need to run for cover....well the Japanese earthquake trained me should've grabbed an empty purse and thrown it over my head (you know what I mean if you've ever experienced a Japanese elementary school earthquake emergency drill) and ran for cover under my desk, instead I ran to get out of the house because the shaking lasted so long and got more violent by the second and I wasn't sure how long it was gonna last or how much of that shaking my house could withstand for that matter.  Of course, before running out the house my sister and I did the same thing we used to do in Japan whenever there was an earthquake..we looked at each other asking if this was an earthquake and if we should just stay still and ride it out.:p


So yeah I think it's unfair for the Californians to make fun of us for thinking this earthquake was a big deal. I mean when it happened most of us weren't sure if it was an earthquake or the result of something else seeing as we're in the Washington DC area.  And it's scary if you don't know if your building is up to code. Besides, any earthquake that shakes buildings and throws stuff to the floor is not something to take light.  You never know when it could become serious.  Luckily, my house seems to be fine.  So glad we don't use gas.  Only one of my picture frames fell off and broke.


I guess now that we know these kind of earthquakes are possible in this area, we'll have to become better prepared and make earthquake kits just in case. ....or maybe not???


Fortunately, although there were a few buildings that were damaged the amount of injured people is minimal and not serious.  So we are having fun talking about the rare event and on the news they joked around that soon there'll be "I survived the east coast earthquake of 2011" t-shirts being sold.  <--It's a reference to our last major event, Snowmageddon 2010, when we had a major blizzard that had people stuck indoors for days. :p

 

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