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(Never forget)   One year ago, an earthquake devastated the East Coast of the United States. Where were you; how did you cope?   (static.fjcdn.com) divider line 180
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2012-08-23 12:56:13 PM
On the West Coast, LMFAO.
 
2012-08-23 12:56:14 PM
I was having breakfast in Phoenix and trying to figure out why my brother posted "WHAT THE HELL?" as his Facebook status.

Concerns over the earthquake were eclipsed by trying to get home before the hurricane started farking up flights.
 
2012-08-23 12:59:51 PM
I broke out a lawn chair, cracked a beer and watched my wife cut the grass.

/bought her a John Deere.. she just loves to ride it!
 
2012-08-23 01:01:00 PM
By spending over ten thousand dollars to fix the damage caused by my second-floor water heater rupturing and raining hundreds of gallons of water through my house. Thanks for asking.
 
2012-08-23 01:01:08 PM
i798.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-23 01:02:42 PM
Baltimore. The quake did some serious damage, collapsed a building and the house I wound up buying had a crack through the living room wall from it.

So I honestly can't forget.
 
2012-08-23 01:03:41 PM
i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-23 01:04:19 PM

kronicfeld: By spending over ten thousand dollars to fix the damage caused by my second-floor water heater rupturing and raining hundreds of gallons of water through my house. Thanks for asking.


At least you got something out of it. :-|
 
2012-08-23 01:04:21 PM
i798.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-23 01:10:23 PM
Was in family therapy when it hit and my first reaction was to reach over and tell my son to sit still and stop shaking the couch.

/Beyond an a-hole for that one.
//He got a pet turtle for dad's indiscretion.
///Daughter got a bearded dragon out of guilt trip.
////Still a horrible parent.
 
2012-08-23 01:10:34 PM
I was at work posting on Fark. I coped by staying at work and posting on Fark.
 
2012-08-23 01:11:31 PM
I was in my office, things shook a bit and my former idiot boss ran around yelping EVERYBODY OUT OF THE BUILDING AND INTO THE STREET!
 
I followed her around yelling DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE INSTRUCTIONS THAT IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST IDIOTIC THING YOU CAN DO IN AN EARTHQUAKE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY SKYSCRAPERS!
 
2012-08-23 01:13:07 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-23 01:13:20 PM
www.funny-potato.com
 
2012-08-23 01:14:19 PM
'spect knucks, Manatee
 
2012-08-23 01:15:33 PM
During the great Quake of '11 I was where I am right now, working from home (period between camp and school), wondering why my desk was vibrating and, then, after going to the other room, wondering why something we have hanging from the ceiling was swaying. Our 10 and 6 year old, watching cartoons, didn't even notice.

/NJ
//took our minds off the hurricane that was due to hit a few days later
 
2012-08-23 01:16:16 PM
I am born and raised in SoCal and have been in NoVa for 7 years. I used to sleep through them, hell...I slept almost all the way through the Northridge Quake. The East Coast quake scared the shiat out of me, largely due to my proximity to DC. For a few seconds, I honestly thought that a massive explosion went off.
 
2012-08-23 01:16:59 PM

brap: I was in my office, things shook a bit and my former idiot boss ran around yelping EVERYBODY OUT OF THE BUILDING AND INTO THE STREET!
 
I followed her around yelling DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE INSTRUCTIONS THAT IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST IDIOTIC THING YOU CAN DO IN AN EARTHQUAKE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY SKYSCRAPERS!


Actually I was in midtown, our building did shake a little, but we just looked out the windows and laughed at the people in the building across the street run out of the building.
 
2012-08-23 01:22:32 PM
In Texas, reading about the quake on Fark
 
2012-08-23 01:24:45 PM
Philly. I have twin large screen monitors that shook mildly for nearly half a minute. I had to drink half a bottle of rum afterward.

/had to
 
2012-08-23 01:36:53 PM
I didn't even know it happened. The boyfriend texted me asking, "Did you feel that?" and I responded jokingly, "I didn't know you were doing anything down there." I get a text back reading, "Haha, very funny. I meant the earthquake." I was like, "What farking earthquake?"

So yeah. I coped by continuing to not know an earthquake just happened.
 
2012-08-23 01:40:59 PM
I'm in Connecticut. I didn't feel a damn thing. Meanwhile, all the people in NY and NJ were posting "Did you feel that?"
 
2012-08-23 01:41:04 PM
I was in the office (Midtown Manhattan) and thought it was just a dizzy spell. Then my friend who works 30 blocks away texted me to ask if I felt that. Then my co-workers started talking about it. I don't know how we ever coped.

Seriously though, as someone who has lived in NY my whole life it was strange.
 
2012-08-23 01:43:42 PM
Ctrl+F "Logan Airport"

Disappointed.
 
2012-08-23 01:47:39 PM
I remember the fear that day in New York City, the fear and rage. When I finally stumbled into the street still surging from the shock of adrenaline I began running to my neighbors shouting at them, asking if the needed any help. They all stared at me blood on my face, dust in my hair, and said nothing because they only spoke Spanish and I did not speak any. I tried to call 911 but my phone could not get a signal. As my body slowly faded from exhaustion and fear, I sank to my knees and wept for humanity. Not longer afterwards, I passed out. Someone must have dragged my back to my apartment because I woke later that evening, brutally hungover to find out there had been an earthquake that day.
 
2012-08-23 01:47:51 PM
I was in a Best Buy looking for laser toner and the ceiling started to rattle and shake. It was a little surreal to be standing there with a box of laser toner in my hand, looking up at this big, wide ceiling of exposed beams and hanging lights. The lights were all shaking. The guy next to me said, "What the fark is that?" The guy in the other aisle said, "Jet must be flying low." Then a woman at the far end of the store screamed "It's an earthquake" loud enough that we could all hear her. We watched her run for the doors, and a few people followed her in a mad scramble. Which worked well because I ended up not having to stand in line for my laser toner. Small wins matter.
 
2012-08-23 01:47:54 PM
standing 90 miles from the New Madrid faultline tapping my foot and losing patience.
 
2012-08-23 01:49:27 PM

Pocket Ninja: Small wins matter.


Laughter OL
 
2012-08-23 01:54:40 PM
I was at work. We are on the fourth floor of an old building and it was noticeable. Weird feeling but nothing more than that.
 
2012-08-23 02:13:23 PM
Well, I lived in Japan during the Tokai earthquake earlier in the year, so I was pretty much just laughing at the whole thing here in the US. Supposedly it could be felt in Ohio, but alas I felt nothing.

/Tokai pic in my profile
 
2012-08-23 02:16:58 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: I broke out a lawn chair, cracked a beer and watched my wife cut the grass.

/bought her a John Deere.. she just loves to ride it!


I hope you aren't missing the subtle context there.
 
2012-08-23 02:17:42 PM
I was sitting in my comfy chair in the family room of my Old Town Alexandria home, and thought that a big truck must have been going up the street. Then I thought that it must have been a long big truck going up the street, and finally knew that it was not a truck going up the street. I quickly stepped out of the back door onto my patio, in time to see my neighbors house swaying slightly against the background of a bright blue sky (our houses were attached, old, and brick). Like Endive Wombat, I was from Southern California and had felt earthquakes, but this was unsettling. It broke some glasses and a lamp at my house, but neighbors' houses suffered some extensive damage.

That evening I took a water taxi to Nationals Stadium, and saw the game between the Cardinals and the Nationals. And, as Pocket Ninja said, it's true. Small wins matter.
 
2012-08-23 02:25:06 PM
We don't have earthquakes here in Canada. The wendingos protect us.
 
2012-08-23 02:34:19 PM

logistic: Baltimore. The quake did some serious damage, collapsed a building and the house I wound up buying had a crack through the living room wall from it.

So I honestly can't forget.


To be fair, Baltimore has crack throughout the city, so I'm not surprised it's in your living room wall.
 
2012-08-23 03:05:39 PM
I felt it in my 7th floor office in Detroit. But just barely.
 
2012-08-23 03:23:55 PM

Mentat: I hope you aren't missing the subtle context there.


Not at all.

/I've cut the lawn once since 1989. Once
 
2012-08-23 03:51:05 PM
I was only about 10 miles from the epicenter, and was really confused- it was a high frequency vibration (at least much higher than I associate with earthquakes) and felt much like a few 18 wheelers were driving at 80mph right by the window, up until the point the vibration got so strong I started to get concerned my totally not designed for this townhouse was going to start coming apart. As soon as it was over I wandered outside to find a bunch of people wandering around also going WTF was that?!? The location was just so unlikely that it took everyone a few minutes to realize it was a temblor.

For those of you on the west coast where being 10 miles from the epicenter means the strength has dropped radically, it's different on the east coast with the bedrock there. That's why the Washington Monument, which is 100 miles or so from the epicenter, was still damaged.
 
2012-08-23 04:39:19 PM
At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops.
 
2012-08-23 04:39:43 PM
I was on the 4th floor of my office building. The lobby is one giant atrium with a glass roof. Suffice it to say I booked the heck out of there real fast, along with hundreds of other people.

My boss told us all to hit the road, so my coworker and I did the natural thing and went to the bar to drink margaritas and eat nachos.
 
2012-08-23 04:39:59 PM

haemaker: On the West Coast, LMFAO.


This
 
2012-08-23 04:40:17 PM
I was driving down the highway about 40 miles from the epicenter. Didn't feel a damn thing. Slept through the "aftershocks" as well. I stopped at the grocery store and was wondering why some items were off the shelf and why everyone was on their phones looking like a bomb just blew up.
 
2012-08-23 04:40:20 PM
Sitting in a bathroom stall in my all-brick office building, thinking to myself "great, this is how it ends? goddammit so much."
 
2012-08-23 04:40:24 PM
I was ~30 miles from the epicenter, shiatting my pants.
 
2012-08-23 04:40:39 PM
I thought it was the Mexican food I had at lunch.
 
2012-08-23 04:41:07 PM
I coped by going on a TF2 server and trying to kick the ass of some those cheating whippersnappers.
 
2012-08-23 04:42:13 PM
I was on the 2nd floor of my building. I pinged my colleague, 'wtf was that' and then we checked the earthquake info online and 'OMG earthquake' followed by returning back to work farking about it about 3 minutes later.
 
2012-08-23 04:42:25 PM
Basement of a building on UMCP campus. the doors started opening and shutting; I thought whoa neat. stood in the door of the stairwell watching the building sway. Then like any good nerd panicked my way to my office to read about the quake we just had and write a joke sign to put on my office door reading "OH NO EARTHQUAKE!! RUUNN!!"
 
2012-08-23 04:42:45 PM

Mentat: AlwaysRightBoy: I broke out a lawn chair, cracked a beer and watched my wife cut the grass.

/bought her a John Deere.. she just loves to ride it!

I hope you aren't missing the subtle context there.


My name is John Deere, and AlwaysRightBoy didn't pay me THAT much.
 
2012-08-23 04:44:00 PM
I live on the east coast so like most people I read about it on Fark
 
2012-08-23 04:45:23 PM
I was at work here in central NC, had no idea it happened until reading about it on here.
 
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