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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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xelloss_poo
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
A 5.8 is actually a decent sized earthquake. For the people who went through the Northridge quake, it wouldn't feel like much. But even a 5 can do massive damage (and cause deaths) in California where things are set to withstand stronger than that.

Glad that you are all right though.
eieneternal
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
Glad you are safe : ) I'm from CA and no, 95% are not making fun of you as we know that it is a rare occurrence there and the last thing you would be expecting. Also building codes would be different and we know such a magnitude, as bad as it would be here, could be devastating in places that use brick and non-earthquake proof engineered building. Don't you just love the media, the more they sensationalize, the more viewers they get and the more money they make...

amamiya_rin
Aug. 24th, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Glad you okay..
I was tuning CNBC for awhile, and the earthquake news was flashing. Wondering about it since the coverage wasn't big.
marraol
Aug. 24th, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
Glad that you're ok. I just heard yesterday about that. Man, it's pretty terrifying o.O
harryj
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've heard it in tv, but I was in a hurry to go to work. Glad your ok. In Italy we had in the recent past two big earthquake so we know the feeling
kuromi3
Aug. 24th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
yeah its a bit insensitive of people on the west coast to tease the east, people could have been hurt by something that they are not accustomed to or prepared for. but glad you are ok.
raenef777
Aug. 24th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
It is quite a surprise to hear about an earthquake on the east coast and I'm sure that most everyone is completely unprepared for such an incident because of that fact. I think I saw an article that said people were scrambling in the White House too. Earthquakes will always be scary no matter how "small" the magnitude. I was living in Northridge, Cali during the 1994 quake (I was 8) and to this day my heart still jumps at loud noises like trains and trucks. I don't know if that's a factor but I can honestly say that experiencing any earthquake still freaks me out :/.

Glad to hear that there was no major damage on your end.
madamada_chan
Aug. 25th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
I live in Toronto and we felt that in our office O_O

The office I work in is right beside a rail road so our building is always shaking XDD But yesterday that defnitely felt different. It felt more like "swaying" (as in I really felt as if I was on a boat). When the train passes, it's more like "bouncing" XDD

On a side note though, that was just yesterday and today we got a tornado alert. O_o
yukiichigo
Aug. 26th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay! Yea, I agree that you can never be sure which buildings would hold to an earthquake so strong (especially in the US <_<;;; ) Meh, silly people would just tease for no reason. Wait til they run into a typhoon and freak out about it. lol. It's kind of unfair to make fun of people who haven't experienced the same kind of natural disasters because of the region they live in. That's just mean.
pasterella
Aug. 29th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're ok.
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