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Aug. 23rd, 2011 | 10:32 pm
mood: awakeawake
music: Hafta be back there at 7:45 a.m.

It was relatively uneventful, except for the SUV shaking in front of me.

Yes, I felt the earthquake today. I was in an alley with two of my co-workers, standing right behind one of their cars. We were waiting for someone from the hotel where we're holding a conference to bring a cart to roll our projectors, print-outs, posters, etc. inside. The ground under my feet and the car in front of me shook at the exact same rhythm, and it only lasted a couple of seconds (at least that I felt). It was kind of cool but I'd have been more afraid if I'd known at that moment what it was.

Within a couple of minutes, people started pouring out of every building around us. The hotel guy came out and said the hotel had been evacuated so he couldn't put our junk inside. We put it back in the car and drove to the daycare center where my co-worker's son was. He had lost a shoe while leaving the building*. Then we stopped the car on the Mall while she tried to call and text her husband that she had their son. Then we went back to the hotel, got inside and resumed working.

*The only casualty, LOL.

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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Aug. 24th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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Lots of jokes going around here in CA about all the panic on the east coast over a 5.8 - evacuations, traffic jams with people fleeing for home. Someone sent me this link to a pic of the devastation. ha!

http://www.grist.org/i/assets/earthquake_devastation

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Aug. 25th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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My take on all of it is that in DC there are enough bomb threats, suspicious packages, and the like plus the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 that we have many more security scares, so it's hard to take something like this lightly. As for the fleeing, everyone I knew that got to go home early seemed rather happy about the unexpected afternoon off. :]

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Urban Rebel

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from: urbanrebel
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
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Yes, makes total sense. It's all what we get used to and this is kind of an unknown so it actually makes senses that it would unnerve people more than what they're used to. You also don't have the building codes we do, so everything has to be inspected for structural integrity, and that can kind of be scary. But everything is built to shake here, and I spent my childhood diving under desks for earthquake drills, so they don't seem like a big deal to me. On the other hand, tornadoes and hurricanes freak me out. We had one small tornado a while back in Northern California, it was all over the news like the world was ending, and everyone was making fun of us in other parts of the country. LOL

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Aug. 26th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Yep, every region is better at some types of things than others. Of course now there's a hurricane headed toward the East Coast. :]

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