Yeah like the rest of you East Coasters, we just had a little wee temblor. My mind refused to believe it was happening, preferring to think that it was a big truck driving by or the Second Avenue Subway rattling by…except that doesn’t exist just yet. Having been in the Northridge quake, I knew it wasn’t serious…yet, but the idea of the piles of books in Stately Beat Manor tumbling down filled my heart with dread. But the cat didn’t even wake up.
Hope the folks closer to the epicenter are okay. Virginian Colleen Doran tweeted:
That was the biggest earthquake I have ever felt in my life. Freaked out, and so are all the animals. 6.0 right here folks. GEEZUS! @joanhilty Think we just got a direct hit. Never felt anything like that in my life. Went running out of the house, animals howling!We’re all OK. Bro tried to call from Richmond, no cell phones. That shook the house big time. Really creepy. Crooked pictures on walls, stuff fell down in barn, no damage. Deer trembling with terror outside barn, staring at us like “What the hell did you do?”
Very skeerdy of earthqauke. So I ate dessert.
Illo from DRAGONHEAD by Minetaro Mochizuki, a very, very creepy manga about a train full of high school students trapped in a tunnel by an earthquake. Recommended for when your nerves calm down!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.