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Yes, it takes an earthquake to get me to blog again...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I was visiting a relative in a nursing home this afternoon and just as I was getting ready to leave, I felt a little vibration in my chair and thought that maybe it was due to work going on in the building and then it increased to outright shaking back and forth. That lasted a few minutes and then stopped. I said, thinking that I was kidding, "maybe we're having an earthquake".

After it was over, I'd waited a few more minutes, to take the elevator. It was only afterward that I found out that I was right!

It was very weird from my East Coast point of view.

Brooklyn, while at the center of the universe was not at the epicenter of this quake; the whole thing only lasted a few minutes and wasn't huge (5.8 or 5.9, depending upon which report you heard or read), but it was quite enough for me. Yeah, I hear you snickering out there, Californians!

My plan for my reentry into blogdom was going to be a "catch-up" on what's been going on between blogs and a description of my trip to Philadelphia to visit my son and daughter-in-law,but this was much more dramatic!
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    KGWINDER and RUBYEMMA, thanks for your comments.

    Yes, this is the first time I'd actually experienced this. There was another earthquake in my area in 2010 which I and most everyone else missed and another in 1983 or 1984, but I only found out about that one after the fact. I was sleeping and missed that one, too, so when this happened, while I had some intuition, based on second hand knowledge, I had no real idea that this was really an earthquake.

    Actually, even if my brain had said stairs, I don't know that my body would have been able to follow. I use a wheelchair for distances, so if I couldn't use the elevator, I wasn't going to be going anywhere for a while and I have no frame of reference for how long that might have been. (If I were in a completely life threatening situation, I might consider using the stairs, but I don't know how well that would work out, given that many other people would be on the stairs and I wouldn't be able to move quickly. Once out of the stairwell, I wouldn't have my chair, so I wouldn't be going very much farther.)

    I felt that I was being prudent by waiting a few extra minutes, while the staff tried to find out what was happening. In the meantime, I was watching and listening to see if the elevator seemed to be running smoothly and doors opening and closing. When no more information was forthcoming and the elevator seemed OK, I got on and things turned out well.

    Thanks for the heads up, though. I'm now armed with some more information for next time and I'm hoping that there isn't a next time. emoticon
    3268 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2011 1:04:48 AM
    I read one of your blog comments and when you said you waited a few minutes to get on the elevator, my head said - stairs!

    Sometimes after a quake there will be a delayed after shock, or alignment can be throw off - I've been struck in an elevator twice in my life, not fun.

    The data on elevator service after an earthquake is limited (
    akeout/elevators.pdf), but if you ever experience one again, I hope your mind says - stairs!

    Glad after today you're blogging!
    3269 days ago
    speaking as a new yorker living in the land of a million earthquakes (california, lol) I understand the feeling of wondering if you really just went through an earthquake. now i just find the nearest doorway :)
    3269 days ago
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