Quakin’ All Over

I was sitting at my desk this afternoon when suddenly everything started shaking.

It was a weird sensation.  I suddenly felt the building swaying, and the air pressure changed and affected my inner ears.  It felt like a wall of air was moving through the room, and I wondered if I was just imagining things.  And then, in a split-second, it was over.  We didn’t even have time to go outside.

A relatively modest  earthquake hit the east coast this afternoon, with trembling felt in Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston to the east and, at least, to Columbus to the west.  If it had occurred on the west coast, or in one of the more earthquake-prone parts of the world, it wouldn’t have been a big deal.  We aren’t used to earthquakes in the Midwest and on the east coast, however, so we get to be kind of wussy about it.  It was the first time I think I’ve ever felt an earthquake, and I can’t say I’d like to be in another one.