Well, an earthquake is NOT something I'm prepared to see happen where I live but it did! The news is saying we haven't had an earthquake in this area since 1897, but I distinctly remember an earthquake a few months ago, around 5:30 am, sounded like a big truck rumbling past the house. This area is prepared for storms, but not earthquakes, they're just not on!
I was on my way home from The Fabric Peddler, sitting at a light just shy of an overpass when my car started shaking and shaking. At first I thought something was wrong with the engine and I'm wondering "what in the world! This car is too new for that!" Then I noticed cars around me were shaking too.
By the time I realized what was going on, it was over. The news is saying it lasted from 30-45 seconds, but for me it was around 10 seconds and brother, that was enough! The epicenter is not that far from the DC area.
At home I had only slight damage... the clock and some pencils fell off my computer desk; upstairs a basket that was "geometrically balanced" fell off the top of a cabinet, my container of pins fell off my sewing machine ... but that was all.
The official news says it was a 5.9 quake, extending as far north as Boston or more! Office buildings are being evacuated, the Metro is operating at 15 mph speeds. Cell phones are out, I can't reach my sister in New Jersey but I noticed she called me while I was out. But I can't call her back, the circuits are not working. AND I dropped my cell phone and have no visual on that little window, bummer. It's time for a new one anyway.
Update: I just talked with my sister, she and her hubby spent a few days in New Orleans and came back home today by train. She says they had JUST got home when she heard Amtrak service was shutting down. Her train was running 20 minutes ahead of schedule, thank God! Else, they would have been sitting out there someplace on the tracks, for who knows how long.
Whew! I think we're supposed to get an aftershock? I hope there aren't any more problems...
Sew forth and sew on til later