|From Virginia Tech's seismograph....orange = 4.0 - 4.9 individual quakes|
In short, happy, well dressed people enjoying a beautiful afternoon in coastal Maryland. Yes, they are sitting outside for fear of these buildings imploding, but as you can see, they don't appear to be terribly stressed. The Ram's Head was still open and serving beer on their patio, so that is where we went, pending our building manager's decision to officially close the building until he can get a structural engineer to inspect the damage.
Getting home was kind of a disaster, since all bridges and tunnels had to immediately be inspected for damage. But again, this was a pretty minor deal, as natural disasters go. A 5.8 richter scale quake, roughly 1/10,000 the intensity of Japan's recent quake (or so they are saying). Not harmless, but minor, right? Well, once I turned on the television at home, it seemed like they were reporting on an entirely different event. I mean, really.
In the end, all I can do is offer this one piece of hope for all of you fellow hurricane survivors out there:
OK, or maybe this: