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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 10, March 4, 2001, Article 2

EARTHQUAKE REPORT 

   Seattle-area resident and NBS Vice President Tom Sheehan 
   filed this report on Wednesday's earthquake:  "I was at the 
   kitchen counter when the quake hit.  Then just like the prepared 
   person I am, did everything wrong.   Just as I thought the quake 
   was over I decided to check on a neighbor and went to the front 
   door under our skylight, which is about eight feet wide and fifteen 
   feet long.  Not too smart. 

   Anyway, I just read an e-mail from my sister in San Francisco. 
   If I would take what she read in the newspaper down there the 
   quake must have been "The Big One"  If you look at a map you 
   will see that Renton is south of Seattle and Edmonds where I live 
   is north of Seattle. Her paper had Renton north of Seattle.  I 
   will have to go outside and see just how close I am now to the 
   Boeing Renton plant.  Moving an entire city 30 or 40 miles would 
   have to qualify as a major earthquake. 

   In my own situation I don't think anything has moved.  It would 
   have been great if a few numismatic books could have moved into 
   my shelves, say some from George Kolbe or maybe from that 
   collector DH. 

   Overall though, parts of the state have been declared a disaster 
   area and the estimate for damage is now running at 2 billion. 
   Only one fatality, due to a heart attack.  We are very lucky." 

   Tom's daughter Erika provided a link to this moving account of 
   the earthquake: 

      http://www.memail.com/fotos/Shaker.html 

   Another Seattle-area resident, Large Cent researcher Del 
   Bland, reported by phone that his home suffered only 
   minor damage, such as some new hairline cracks in 
   ceilings.  When the quake hit, his wife wisely moved under 
   a doorjamb.  But not Del - "I had to hold up my 
   bookshelves to make sure they didn't fall over..." 
   We bibliophiles really ARE nuts, aren't we? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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