Aug 23 2011
Earthquakes are very unusual in Pittsburgh but just before 2:00pm, while Karen Lang and I were sitting on a cement bench near Heinz Chapel, I felt the bench swaying back and forth as if we were on a swing. I asked Karen, “Do you feel that?”
Yes, she did. “I think we’re having an earthquake!”
In Smithfield, Virginia my sister was sitting on her sofa, 120 miles from the 5.8 earthquake epicenter in Mineral, Virginia, when the whole house started to shake and sway. It started at ground level and worked its way up the house’s three stories — almost like a dog shaking off water from head to tail. Mary was transfixed. The worst swaying was on the third floor where my niece shouted, “Mom! The glass is going to fall off the shelves!”
Fortunately the quake didn’t last long. Nothing fell. Nothing was damaged.
We’re all a little surprised. Just a little excitement in nature today.
(Seismogram image from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original.)