Hello David and all! Thanks for your concern. Here is my short story
on the quake. I was setting a marquis in a ring at the time. It
didn’t take me long to realize it was an earthquake. I just did what
I have always planned on doing. I just got up and crawled under my
bench! If you are ever in an earthquake resist the temptation to flee
outside. If the big one hits you will be on all fours wishing you had
made it outside! Our natural instinct is to get outdoors.
Unfortunately, in a strong earthquake, you will likely not make it.
It is better to be trapped in an enclosure alive (however small)!
than taking your chances in a dash for outdoors. Even outdoors can be
unpredictable! In most developed towns and cities there is no good
place to go. Just find some supportive structure nearby and cover up
and pray! Anything that looks like it may help keep debris from
hitting you; or flattening you! Personally, I am rarely without the
thought of “where will I go right now, if an earthquake hits?” My
decided places are never more than a few feet away. Enough already!
If you were to drive around Western Washington you would hardly know
there was a quake a few days ago. The roads and sidewalks show no
increase in cracks. No residential areas in demise, nor buildings
collapsed. What did happen is a lot of small damage and some major
damage to a few structures, bridges, and highways. Several homes near
rivers, overlooking canyons, etc., have been damaged or evacuated due
to damage, or possible mudslides. Some older homes, brick structures,
and homes not attached to there foundations have some damage also.
Several older Seattle buildings lost portions there facades.
The State Capitol dome (in Olympia) moved 3/4 of an inch and there
are cracks in the support columns, and other parts of the structure
are damaged. Four hundred and ten people were injured in incidents
related to the earthquake. Most all injuries were minor. There are
twenty-two buildings that are off limits due to earthquake damage.
There are forty-six that are on “limited access.” The damage
estimates are now at two billion dollars regional, and will likely
climb higher. On or about fifteen roads, highways, or bridges were,
or still are closed due to damage. The Seattle area moved 1/4 inch
north, from the quakes effect. How does one measure that?
One really hairy problem was our air traffic control tower (Seatac
airport) that blew out all the glass and was closed, with planes in
the air! Some very level headed people work there, obviously. They
were using an auxiliary system setup in mobile vans almost
immediately! Our average traffic is 40 planes per hour. They rerouted
some, canceled other flights, and quickly got to handling twenty-four
planes an hour.
My wife works in a large store, close to our home. There was quite a
bit of debris in the aisles. Some tiles and light structure parts
fell. No structural damage to the building. Her store was closed for
The epicenter has been decided to be in the Nisqually delta are
(great spot for salmon and steelhead fishing!)That is about 40 miles
SSW of Seattle.
No one we know had any significant damage. In our case a few items
were on the floor of our house. A few things had moved less than an
inch. Our cuckoo clock that hasn’t worked for a couple years, now
There you have it.