Tuesday, August 23, 2011

5.9 Earthquake!


Seriously?  We don't GET earthquakes in our area.  It just doesn't happen.  We're all much more concerned about hurricanes- in fact, there is one that is projected to bother North Carolina this weekend.

Today, a 5.9 earthquake rocked Mineral, Virginia.  It was felt as far up as Toronto, Canada and it sure jiggled us here in North Carolina, Virginia's cooler and more southern cousin.

I was at work, standing in my boss's office and honestly thought it was working going on at the quarry down the road.  The glass in the windows of the building was rattling to the point I thought it was going to break. We looked at each other and then she said "Well...the books aren't falling off the shelves..."  After about a minute or so, the shaking stopped and we went on about our lives.

I can't believe that we actually FELT an earthquake and not only that- a fairly decent sized one!  A friend of mine located only 30 minutes from the epicenter said she was thrown to the ground while she tried to take pictures of her rabbits.  She said things fell around her, but luckily she and her farm animals were unhurt.

Man, who would have thought that the East Coast would have been rocked by an earthquake ever? Much less on such a beautiful day!


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