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July 17th, 2010


I imagine most of you have heard this, but yesterday we had an honest-to-God earthquake in the DC area. Sure, it was only a 3.6 magnitude, but it was the largest the area has ever seen.

We live a pretty decent distance from where the quake originated, but it was enough to wake me up. I gripped my bed and laid there thinking, first, “Shit. Our basement’s going to explode.” A few seconds passed and things were calm and I then thought, “OK… was that real? Or was that my Exploding Head Syndrome.” I decided it was and went back to sleep. It wasn’t until I woke up and turned on the news that I saw it was an actual earthquake. Craziness!

It’s about as minor as they come, but I’ve gotta say that for someone who’s never been in one before: it was kind of neat to experience once in a non-life-threatening kinda way.

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jk July 17, 2010, 2:16 pm

Regarding your basement: did it sound like someone was rolling a metal trashcan around? I know that sound and the ensuing feeling of panic!

Ryan July 17, 2010, 2:50 pm

I wasn’t alert enough to tell that level of detail. What I heard was really just a rumbling and I felt the bed and house shaking for a few seconds.

jk July 18, 2010, 3:33 am

I remember thinking my neighbors’ distillery had exploded, then I remembered they don’t have one! I can’t imagine what a 5 or worse would sound like.

Aanen July 19, 2010, 6:40 pm

Didn’t even know there was a quake until I woke up.

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