That's a pretty respectable number for an earthquake, especially for an area that's not known for earthquakes. I was on my way from the loo to the front door of the office, and I felt the building start to roll, and instinctively I held on to the sides of the nearest doorway. I was probably most freaked out by the sound of screams rather than the actual motion. Growing up in California meant regular earthquake drills, but living in DC off and on for more than a decade led me to assume that we were experiencing a terrorist attack, and not a tremblor.
I got back into the office and joined my colleagues at the large picture window, watching people mill around on the street. I called MoBob, and didn't get through, and wasn't able to contact any colleagues (for a 3pm meeting) and my dear friend N whom I was meeting for dinner. Surprisingly one elevator came when I pressed the button, and though the lights were out, I made it down to the lobby, where the maintenance crew told me that they'd been waiting for that one elevator, as all the others were already shut down. It was eerie (and probably idiotic) to take an elevator in the dark.
I finally talked to MB, who picked me up, and then we were stuck in traffic. It took over an hour to get home. MB told me that he and his colleagues were evacuated, and then they went over to a neighboring retirement home to check on the residents.
Thanks for the call, S. I appreciated that you thought of me :) I didn't call back because the phone lines were jammed, and then I was home with the kids for the rest of the day. I left work as soon as it happened to go check on them.
Now that the earthquake is over, we have a hurricane to look forward to!
FIrst an earthquake and now a hurricane. I find it amusing that people on the west coast were cynical about y'all's earthquake and people here along the gulf are being cynical about y'all's hurricane. But I can imagine it could be a little unnerving since your area's not really known to get either very often, so they are pretty big deals when they happen.