Newsflash: Earthquake on the east coast today. Duh, you already knew that, unless you live under a rock of course. I just wanted to share a few things from the day that come to mind:
1. The east coast is not used to earthquakes.
2. Residents of the east coast are not used to the feeling of an earthquake and get a “deer in the headlights” look when the building/earth begin to shake.
3. Earthquakes are scary – especially when it sounds like the building you’re in is going to collapse because all you can hear is screeching metal as the building sways.
4. Just because you’ve lived in another place in the world that has bigger and badder earthquakes doesn’t mean you can invalidate everyone elses nerves and/or fear. It makes you an asshole.
I get it. We had a relatively minor 5.8 earthquake that wasn’t exactly life shattering. Shit fell over, people got scared, but life goes on. Did I freeze when the building shook and creaked with noise? Yes. Did I make my way outside to an open parking lot with my coworkers when it intensified? Yes. Did I go back to my desk 20 minutes later and continue with my day? Yes.
Today was a freak event for the east coast, just let us have our little moment to deal with it and move on.
Speaking of moving on: