5.8

So last July, up early with E, I thought, huh: “Is that an earthquake?” Yes, funny, because it was small, strange and interesting.

Which is why when those rumbles started up again today while I was sitting at my desk at GMMB a few miles away from the National Cathedral. On the sixth floor. With floor to ceiling windows. I did. not. freak. out. AT ALL. Not with the rumbles the first few seconds. I just thought: that’s an earthquake.

But then, with the swaying of the building and shaking of the huge pane of glass that is directly next to my chair, there was some possibly a teeny little bit of freaking out. And running to the hallway, where everyone else on my floor did the same (until we evacuated to the park across the street on a beautiful Washington afternoon.)

Turns out we had a 5.8 earthquake this time, which to this Midwesterner-never-felt-that-before didn’t seem like something to scoff at. Oh, and the Washington area hasn’t had one this strong since 1897.

Side note: considering no one was hurt and no significant damage occurred anywhere, it was pretty stunning that neither Verizon or AT&T networks were working for us to call out for some time afterwards. That said, one major difference from the lack of a phone from 9/11 is that we were able to post on Facebook and Twitter immediately and continuously. (We weren’t alone.)

Babies in Silver Spring were all napping at the time. Probably just felt like one giant bouncy seat to the under two crowd.

Here’s the only destruction we found upon our arrival home:

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