August 23, 2011

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Big day! Today I experienced my first earthquake!

It measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, and its epicenter was about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, VA. [source] The big effect for me was everyone being evacuated from our office and having to wait outside for about 45 minutes while they checked the building for cracks.

I hear the Smithsonian castle and the Washington Monument sustained damage. Only a couple little things on my shelves had fallen over, and nothing broke. To get an idea of what I've been through, here is a picture conveying today's destruction:
I'm glad there was little damage, few (if any) injuries, and that we can all have a laugh about it. And now I can check "be in earthquake" off my bucket list!

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