I just felt an earthquake here in NYC and it freaked me out. I thought I left those nasty earthquakes back in California. Since the 1989 Earthquake in California traumatized me as a kid, earthquakes (or anything resembling the sound or motion of earthquakes) have always put me on edge and changed my physical state. My heart starts beating really fast, I start sweating, and my adrenaline pumps through my body at high speed.
We just got a small aftershock of an 5.8 earthquake that was felt in Richmond V.A., but it lasted a good 30 seconds, enough time for me to mentally depict what NYC would look like if a big earthquake it--mass hysteria. Just with this little guy my whole office was freaking out looking out the window and building management set off the fire alarms and notifying the building tenants over loud speaker "that we are not in danger." Apparently, the sidewalks are full of people who evacuated their buildings and calling family. I guess people NYC are a little on edge about shaking buildings, and for good reason.
|Aerial shots above New York City shortly after the earthquake hit.|
What I thought was most crazy about this is how before the news even covered the earthquake twitter was popping up with tweets, telling me that it wasn't just felt here in Manhattan, but all the way in Boston as well. Pretty remarkable.