Posted: August 23, 2011 by Keith Stone in Earthquake of 2011, New York

Of course there was an earthquake during Challenge Week. CT was down in Mineral, Virginia and punched a mountain after somebody gave him a dirty look. I was at JFK dropping off my little sister during the whole thing, which may have been the worst place in the world to be. Nobody had any idea what was going on. We were waiting on line and debating whether to evacuate or keep our place on line.

Of course, being in an airport no one had any idea what was going on. A few monitors and speakers shook and the ground moved a little. Looking back, you would almost think that there should some sort of sound or announcement that an earthquake is occurring, like a giant rumble. Natural disasters should not be silent.

Hearing the news reports, nothing much happened except in Philly. Facebook is about to explode. Half the posts are “I didn’t feel anything” while the other half are “My chair shook for six seconds and my office got evacuated.” I’ve never seen so much made of so little. At the same time, it’s scary to feel so helpless. We had no idea what was happening or what to do. You think that in a moment like that you’re going to spring into action and take charge but when it actually goes down, you freeze and wait for somebody to tell you what to do. At least we can all say we’ve been in an earthquake.

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