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


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:

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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