Late this morning while I was at work our office lites flickered and then I felt the building shake. Everyone kinda stopped what they were doing and looked at each other for a split second. You could hear the building making creaking noises and shaking lightly.
People who had remembered their grade school training headed for door ways for protection. I stood under one with a co-worker. The floor pulsed in seemingly small wavelets for about 25 seconds and then eased off a bit. Kind of a sea-sick feeling to it as you wavered around.
I took that opportunity to head for the back door and reached it just as the motion re-started. It was interesting watching power lines and signs dance and sway.
The whole quake lasted about 45 seconds. It seemed longer!!
It would shake you about as much as if someone grabbed your shoulders and rather gently shook you.
You can't tell how long it will last or if it will get worse THAT is a scary feeling.You have NO control over your life for those moments!
It was rated at a 6.8 on the Richter scale. Located 35 miles southwest of Seattle, the epicenter was 30 miles deep under ground and that saved us from it being worse. There may be a few after shocks,but,they don't expect many.
The Governor has estimated a couple billion dollars in damage. 29 people were critcally injured and one death all related to the quake.
This area has gotten off lucky this time. They still say we here are due for a big one.......they just can't predict when.
I live about 50 miles north of Seattle,as a crow flies.
Only a few pictures were crooked at my home and one door slightly sprung.
It may be hard to sleep good tonite but I feel lucky!!