Among the many surreal things about yesterday's earthquake was the fact that most of us were experiencing one for the first time.
I was at the hair salon when it occurred and, despite the fact that entire work stations moved and the floor seemed to buck beneath me, I still thought it could've been a particularly large train that had just rumbled by. (Good to know I'll always have my wits about me in a crisis!)
But let's face it, we Marylanders just have no experience registering earthquakes as, well, earthquakes. So I took to Facebook to ask my friends what they initially thought it was. Here are a few interesting responses.
From Janet: I initially thought it was one of my giant trees collapsing. Then I thought it was a low flying military helicopter!
From Susan: I assumed it was painters or workmen on the roof of the barn I was in.
From Jennifer: Honestly? For a split second, another terrorist attack.
From Kevin: We live on a pretty busy road ... I thought it was an enormously large truck or huge farm equipment going by. It was when the dogs started freaking out I realized what it was.
From Jennifer: I yelled at my kids to stop running around upstairs. Didn't occur to me that 70 lbs of kid cannot shake ceilings.
From Jayme: A low flying plane.
From Randi: I initially thought it was my 60 pound lab/pit going after my Mom's bichon. It feels like an earthquake when he hauls ass.
From Mike: Part of the construction work that's going on down the street. By the way, the work is still going on today and it's much louder and more annoying.
From Brian: I thought it was an earthquake, though I thought that was a ridiculous thought. The woman I was talking to at work thought someone had crashed into the building.
From Joy: Okay, I know it's crazy but we just saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind, so first I thought alien craft. Then I thought a plane/bomb had crashed somewhere. To me both were more likely than an earthquake in Bawlmer!! Maybe its what the Grand Prix will feel like??
So what did YOU think the earthquake was at first?
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