Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Niki's First Earthquake

I live in Baltimore, a place not generally known for earthquake activity.
Imagine my surprise at today's super shallow 5.8 quake that was felt up and down the eastern seaboard. Of course, i didn't know it was an earthquake. Not only have i never felt one before, i wasn't in the best situation to experience it.
Imagine yourself on a Segway, carrying supercold liquid nitrogen in a glass elevator. Now shake said elevator like a dog worrying a squeaky toy. That was me. I honestly thought the elevator was malfunction and dropping. Then once the doors opened i realized that everyone else had felt it too.
We had a ceiling light fall in the building, but that is the only apparent damage. Though several of the offices evacuated, we just kept on doing science and sent people to our earth science hall to check the seismograph.
Aaaaaannnnnddddd... i get to count it as a new thing for this month!

Anybody else feel it?

4 comments:

Kaaren said...

I cannot believe you were in an elevator!! I would have died of fright!

Glad you're all o.k.

Never Too Busy said...

Sitting in the car and thought Deb was shaking it. Looked over and she wasn't (surprisingly). So I just figured I was teetering on a pothole (after all, this is Baltimore), drove up a bit, and all was fine. Your experience sounds horrifying though :-(

Brenda*Nery said...

Holy Moly!

sassy said...

so glad you are safe-an elevator with LN?! you go science girl!