After we quelled the ninja zombies* and other madness that the “east coast earthquake” (as the media outlets are labeling it in fancy graphics), I had some time to reflect on what happened and what I observed.
1. People in the DC area are still on edge from 9/11 – especially in federal office buildings. I take nothing away from them. Especially in a situation where you might be in a basement (as GorT was at the time) with no visual cues outside to know what’s happening.
2. Unless one has traveled or lived in areas that experience earthquakes, it’s a odd feeling that can be a bit unnerving. You get the usual description of heavy machinery, trucks, construction equipment until it doesn’t follow a normal Doppler-effect for the acoustics and the duration (in this case 30-40 seconds) doesn’t match the possible scenarios.
3. The land-use planners for the DC metropolitan area over the last 50 years should be drawn and quartered. Yes, in 1960 they might not have perceived the types of traffic patterns we face today, but they eliminated multiple bridge crossings and other road options. I’m not advocating paving over all of the metro region – but anytime we have an out of the ordinary event (9/11, earthquakes, blizzards, etc.), traffic becomes a mess for hours. Mass transit is fine until the infrastructure to get to and from the higher speed (rail) access points and the cost models are examined.
4. Damage – most people cite minor damage, if any. Pictures on the walls are crooked. Items on shelves fell and maybe broke and maybe some windows broke. The National Cathedral sustained some damage to one of its flying buttresses and 3 of the 4 spires on its highest tower are damaged. It appears that the Washington Monument has some cracks in the upper pyramid section and remains closed. It is not leaning as some early reports from likely unreliable sources purported. There are some reports of masonry damage to some office buildings and a number of schools, more towards the epicenter, are closed today for a wise inspection.
5. It has yet to be seized by any politician or agenda-driven organization. I suspect we’ll get some of that in the upcoming weeks.
The bottom line is that the area is safe – get back to work.
* Note that if this is a total non sequitur for you, you need to follow the Gormogons on twitter and get the full experience of a Gormogon twitter storm.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.