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Old 08-23-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Was it me, or was there a small after shock a few minutes ago? 8:05pm EST? Or was it that bean burrito for lunch?
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Northern Va. from N.J.
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must have been the beans
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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What I am wondering is, why when something like this happens (and 9/11 was the first I witnessed it) does everyone RACE to their car and hit the roads. I just don't get it. Why would you panic and run in your car to get home? Or get anywhere.
I scrambled out and hit the road for one main reason - to make sure that my daughter, at her daycare about 7 miles from my office, was ok. I've never experienced an earthquake before, and while this one wasn't a record-setter by California standards, it was a major one in these parts, and it was a first for me and many others. I''m on the 9th floor of a building, and when I felt the building sway and shutter today, all I could picture was it collapsing under me. Yes, for a moment I was terrified. There, I said it. The fear that I might be trapped, or worse, should that collapse happen was overwhelming. I locked the secure systems at my desk, grabbed my stuff, pulled my cell from it's locker as I knew I would need it, and ran to my truck to get to my daughter as quickly as possible. Hanging out with co-workers never crossed my mind. Once I had my daughter in the truck, I again tried to call my wife in DC. I eventually got through, assured her that our daughter was safe with me, and told her that we were headed home. There was nothing I could do to help her and asked that she call to give me updates on where she was. Two hours later she was getting off the Metro and ready to fight the jam on 66.

Were I single and going home to only a lonely apartment, a bar near the office might have been a more logical place to seek refuge. Now I have a 5 y.o. whose safety and protection takes priority over everything, including my own life.

Now, having been through this once, I might handle things a little different but getting to my daughter would remain a #1 priority. Maybe it's time to check and update the emergency supplies we keep at home and what I keep stashed in the truck.

Next up.... Hurricane Irene. (But we'll be on a Carribean beach by the time she gets here. )
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Was it me, or was there a small after shock a few minutes ago? 8:05pm EST? Or was it that bean burrito for lunch?
It wasn't the beans. I felt it, too.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I didn't feel an aftershock - I knew right away what the quake was though, Macy's Metro Ctr. (DC) - and some there (customers and employees) panicked and went running out. It did take the train over twice as long to get to King St. (and I waited until 6 because it was so jammed earlier).
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Berryville,VA
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Was it me, or was there a small after shock a few minutes ago? 8:05pm EST? Or was it that bean burrito for lunch?
I felt that one too.Well really I just heard a rattle sound.But I missed the big one this afternoon. I was driving at the time.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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What I am wondering is, why when something like this happens (and 9/11 was the first I witnessed it) does everyone RACE to their car and hit the roads. I just don't get it. Why would you panic and run in your car to get home? Or get anywhere.

My poor friend is sitting at work on a bench because a thousand people at our office decided to "run home" and they clogged up the garage so bad that no one could move.

On 9/11 I was almost run down by people running out of the building, down to the garage, only to sit on 395 for HOURS.
I didn't exactly race home, but I got out of work the second they told me I could leave. My reason is similar to the post before mine, I have a 7-year-old (who was fine, I was able to call easily on a land line). I am a single mom and all I could think about was the nightmare coming home in the snow storms earlier this year (where it took me 8 hours to get home). That time, I didn't leave work as soon as I could and I regretted it. And unlike then, I didn't have a sitter in place today and had to pick her up by a certain time. I wanted to be able to pick her up in time and not get stuck in traffic. Plus, I also have two dogs that I was concerned about (wasn't sure if gas lines broke, they were scared and tearing up the house, etc.)

This time, leaving as soon as I could worked, I was ahead of all the traffic and home by the time most people started leaving. My daughter, dogs, and house were all fine. And I was able to get to the polls in time (although considering traffic, I walked).
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Was it me, or was there a small after shock a few minutes ago? 8:05pm EST? Or was it that bean burrito for lunch?
Yep. I felt it too. I was in the guard shack at the pool. Also felt it in my ears like the pressure you get when riding in the car with one window open. It was reported to be a 4.2 at 8:04 p.m. I believe.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Who's watching "2012" tonight?
Not me. I am watching "The Rapture Fantasy of Harold Camping - Theatrical Cut"
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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What time did the actual event happen? Can't find in all the articles what time it occured. Felt something strange here in western Pa and thought the dog was brushing against me but she was across the room. Can't remember what time it was and never considered a quake.
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