sitting in my Farmville Virginia home office yesterday afternoon writing and building a demo, when the house begin to tremble. This happens from time to time – the washing machine gets way off balance or a truck hauling a really heavy load goes up the road out front or an aircraft flies low overhead and we get a second or two vibration. When it lasted more than a couple seconds and kept increasing in intensity, I become concerned. When things on my desk started vibrating I got excited. I honestly thought a helicopter was landing in the back yard.
Fortunately it was a small earthquake that did little (if any) real damage.
Other Than the Shaking…
The first confirmation that this was, indeed, an earthquake came from (drum roll please) Twitter. I saw this tweet from @NewEarthquake:
The link takes me to a USGS earthquake page describing the quake:
I Didn’t Know…
Before I started following @NewEarthquake I did not realize earthquakes were frequent occurrences. Growing up on the relatively-earthquake-free US east coast, I assumed earthquakes were sparse and large when they struck. Knowledge is power, and I now know better.