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The Trickle - The tremor

June 23, 2010 - Brian Ferry

My first earthquake!

I was minding my own (and a couple other people's) business at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, when I felt an odd sensation. I was sitting in my standard swiveling office chair when I began to feel side-to-side motion. Not rotating, side-to-side. Very odd, pretty subtle. There's a pipe of some sort that hangs down from the ceiling of the office tucked in a support beam right in front of my desk. I noticed it swaying back and forth. There were no loud noises outside (big trucks can shake the walls and I suppose an underground explosion could cause some movement). After a few seconds of wondering if I was going to be sick, I posed a question to my comrades in the newsroom. Colin was on the phone. Dean felt it, but said he thought maybe he was just too hopped up on caffeine and wasn't going to say anything. Lydia had noticed the flower on her desk swaying and some prints on the wall shaking. I got on the horn immediately. I assumed it was an earthquake that I'd just experienced, but couldn't be sure. I called the county public safety director first. He hadn't heard anything but promised to call if he did. The city fire department hadn't heard anything either. I was the first to "report" this event in Warren. Within 10 minutes, there were numerous reports from all over the county. I suppose I had an edge. I was sitting at a desk, thinking newsy thoughts, had a phone in easy reach and had the contact information for county emergency management at my fingertips. Still, I'm proud I was the first. Eventually I found out that a magnitude 5.0 quake centered north-northeast of Ottawa had caused shaking in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and as far as Chicago. A 3.0 aftershock hit about 10 minutes after the first wave. I didn't feel that. It all reminded me of one of my favorite lines from the Blues Brothers... "An earthquake. A terrible flood. LOCUSTS!"

 
 

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