Friday, September 9, 2011

I feel the earth move under my feet.....

Today we experienced a temblor of 6.4, located off-shore up by Port Alice on Vancouver Island. It was felt throughout the island, Vancouver and up into the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Apparently there have been aftershocks, one about 4.9 on the Richter scale. I was sitting at work pounding away on keyboard transcribing reports and all of a sudden my chair started move, my monitor was shaking along with other unsecured office paraphernalia. I jumped up out of my chair and couldn't decide if I was going to flee or hunker down under my desk. So much for drop-cover-hold, for me it was run-right-now! The shaking was brief, less than a minute and was over before you could yell "I'm outta here". It was disconcerting to say the least. The office building I work in is only about 13 years old & was built to very stringent earthquake standards and technology. It's almost akin to it being built on shock absorbers. Still the building is very sensitive underground shaking and sometimes you can feel it shake when heavy vehicles go trundling by. I have to say I was a little skittish and squirmy the rest of the day.

Cool thing is I tweeted my experience and was interviewed by CTV Vancouver Island for their 5:00 cast..

4 comments:

westvantaz said...

I felt it too~

SonjaM said...

Felt it too, in Burnaby. It wasn't my first one, and initially I thought it was just a heavy truck going by. But hubby skyped me from is 9th floor office and he experienced quite a bit of swaying of the highrise. That he found very disconcerting. Glad, that nothing worse happened and no Tsunami was created.

Circle Blue said...

I am grateful the experience was no more than "disconcerting".

bobskoot said...

Dar:

Felt nothing, but now I am singing to Carole King . . .

bob
Riding the Wet Coast