The Great DC Earthquake of 2011

Yep.  We felt it.  We survived.  It was my first earthquake (I’d be good if it were my first and last!) and all I have to say is that it was creepy to have the earth move under your feet.  Carole King you are so wrong.

In a funny twist, the only thing — besides the actual shaking that is — I personally encountered was a few books falling off the shelf.  I of course put the books back before leaving the building to which my husband said, “If there are any aftershocks, please leave the books where they are and just leave the building!”  I can promise him that.  🙂

In honor of the quake, I thought I’d take a look at earthquake reading.

The Los Angeles Times, in a very timely article from March of this year, took at look at earthquakes in literature.  Three books on the list look good to me:

The Flutter of an Eyelid by Myron Brinig

Quake by Rudolph Wurlitzer

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

I recently read another book by Haruki Murakami, After Dark, which was wonderful and I highly recommend it.  I hope to have a review up in the next few weeks but I’m way behind on writing reviews so it may be longer.  I’d blame that on the earthquake but I can’t; I’ve been lazy.

Not book related but interesting — the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

In case you want to know how earthquakes work, How Stuff Works will answer your questions.

Any earthquake reading of your own to add?  If you’re in the DC and surrounding areas, did you feel the quake?  Hope all is OK.


2 thoughts on “The Great DC Earthquake of 2011

  1. Aren’t you not supposed to leave the building? Aren’t you supposed to stay in during an earthquake? That’s what everyone told me when the earthquake rumbled New York.

    • I heard you stay in during the shaking, preferably under something like a desk or in the middle of the room where nothing can fall on you, and head out after the shaking is over. I don’t care to test the theory a second time though.

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