Earthquaaaake!

August 24, 2011

Live through an earthquake: check!
Although that was not on my bucket list it is now part of it. As you all know I'm sure yesterday there was a magnitude 5.8 earthquake which had its epicenter in Virginia (2 hours from us, I mapquest'd it). Normally before 2pm I'd be awake but yesterday I was feeling extra tired so I went to bed at 1pm.
Next thing I know I waking up not knowing what the heck is going on. The bed is violently shaking, things are falling and I'm trying to wake up. 
I get out of bed and look around. Is someone in the apartment? Is this a sick joke? Is there a natural gas leak under the apartment building? Do I need to go outside? So many things are running through my head. Then, I walk out into our living room, and look back into my bedroom. What do I see? The windows and bed violently shaking again as if someone was moving it. It was so crazy! 
At that point I still had no idea what was going on so I looked outside. I saw neighbors on the sidewalk talking and one woman moving her hands back and forth like she experienced the same thing I did. So I walked to the leasing office.. looked at the TV and I had my answer without even asking the woman there. She was watching FNC and in big letters: earthquake hits DC.
So I go back, still shaking and upset. I tried for a while to call Matt and my Mom while I was watching details unfold. I finally talked to my Mom, Matt and my Dad before trying to go to sleep (worried about aftershocks). It ended up being one of those nights where I have NO clue when I fell asleep but I do know that I'm exhausted and it wasn't a full nights sleep.
And to the California peeps: you all freak out when it rains! We never get earthquakes on the East coast so when we do -- of course we're scared and making sure everyone/thing is okay. A 5.8m 'quake is pretty big!

Okay I'm done now :) I hope I don't have to go through that again.

Where were you when the earthquake hit?

P.S.~ looking back, it's funny. And people's tweets about it are hilarious. Did you know the Washington Monument is now tweeting?? His tweets will crack you up. (pun- intended)

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