MARYLAND, EAST COAST USA
House Shaking, Glass Breaking
When the earthquake started I was sitting in my living room near a window reading a book. Having experienced stronger earthquakes in San Fransisco and Japan, I knew right away that it was an earthquake. Logically I knew I should get up and move toward the central room of the house (a tiny bathroom) but this is Maryland, not California. At first I thought it would be over with quickly and not be that strong. I was wrong. The shocks got stronger and stronger and it felt like my whole house was shaking. As I moved toward the theoretically safest room I heard glass and pottery shattering. My heart was racing and my cats where no where to be seen. We’ve had smaller earthquakes since I’ve lived here but this was definitely the strongest quake I’ve felt in the ten plus years we’ve lived in Maryland.
Surveying Earthquake Damage
Once the earth stopped shaking I looked around the house to see what was broken and searched for my scared house cats. Vases, pictures and knick knacks had tumbled and many had broken but nothing major seemed wrong. My little cat came crawling out from under the bed (crouched on all fours but so low her slim belly was almost touching the ground) and was clearly still petrified. My 16 year old fat cat was hidden away so well I couldn’t find her. I hoped she hadn’t died of a heart attack. After about an hour she finally came out of her mysterious hiding place. Both cats calmed down significantly upon showering them with attention and talking to them in a soft soothing voice.
Thanks to modern technology reports from friends streamed in on Facebook. Praise the Lord, all my friends that reported in were fine. This earthquake really was felt along a huge part of the east coast. Surprisingly, I had friends as far north as Canada and west as Ohio that felt this earthquake (according to the US Geological Survey the epicenter was in Virginia). As it was felt up in Canada I suspect it was felt even further south but even a friend in North Carolina reported that she felt this earthquake.
Reminder to Prepare
One of my friends reminded me that I should have a disaster preparedness kit ready to grab and she’s right. While we have all the components needed for such a kit they aren’t consolidated in one place. I’m going to get the supplies together in an easy to grab backpack (with a few days’ supply of water nearby) to be better prepared for possible future earthquakes or other emergencies.