I felt my first earthquake

It lasted just about 5 seconds. At first I thought my neighbor had dropped a rolling ball or a truck was passing by. But I realized that the low rumble was coming from the wrong direction to be a truck… it was coming through the wall in front of me. And my neighbors aren’t known for their bowling ball rolling.

Then I noticed my desk was wobbling just a bit… a bit more than it really should be wobbling. Had I been yanking on my desk rhythmically, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. My second thought was…. Earthquake!

It happened at about 8:12pm PST.


  1. dff says:

    Hell, we’ve had ’em here in Arlington. One woke me up in 2000 or 2001. I was living in an attic apartment in an old house at the time – it seemed frighteningly wobbly! I think eastern MA is on a very big faultline, but one that hasn’t been very energetic in a very long time.

  2. Geri says:

    I felt it too, a handful of blocks away.

    Sushi one of these eons?

  3. Lee says:

    >one that hasn’t been very energetic in a very long time

    The pattern of a “calm before the storm” has been repeated with big SF earthquakes in 1906, 1991 and 18..something-or-another. Oooee, when the big one hits Boston, it’s gonna be Krazy with a capital K with all those unreinforced brick buildings. But I’ve seen it written that big ones only hit the eastern seaboard every 500 years or so.

    >Sushi one of these eons?
    Sure! I’m crazy busy with this FLG project until Burning Man. How about after that? And/or come on down and see it for yourself. The buzz is really something to see!

  4. WTL says:

    I didn’t feel it. But then again, I’m a few thousand miles away. ;-)

    But, we did have an earthquake back a few months ago – 4.5 on the richter scale. That was pretty exciting.

    I don’t know what it would be like living where that happened regularly.

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