Julie Stalmer 7:15 p.m., June 25
- Community Blog
A lazy Sunday afternoon and suddenly the building begins to sway like an old tramp steamer caught in a swell. The doors open and close on their own and a rhythmic creaking noise is all around me. Looking out of the window, I can see several other tall buildings, all swaying and their glass windows bowing to reflect the sun in time to the motion.
Deciding it wasn't the Big One, but thankful anyway for modern building techniques, I took my camera and went downstairs. Lots of condo residents stood in the street. Some were swapping stories about things breaking while others were texting and phoning friends and family.
Thankfully, nothing to report, but the high floors of a condo or office building are definitely the place to get a ride when an earthquake strikes!