As most of you know by now, there was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake today, the epicenter of which was located in Virginia. It was felt all up and down the East coast and out into the MidWest. I felt nothing at work; but then I work in a computer data center, which is a glorified euphemism for "fortified bunker". My wife called me and told me that she felt it, our kids felt it as the house was "shaking like crazy" according to her. Closet doors were rattling in the door jambs and she thought our dog was under the bed, pulling a hairy fit - but he was downstairs at the time. All the neighbors met out in the street to talk and comment about what they had felt.
Importantly, there have been no reports of any injuries or any real, widespread property damage, which is a good thing. So as far as earthquakes go, while it was felt by a good many people and got a lot of folks excited, it was rather insignificant in terms of damage.
Then, I saw this in an e-mailed news bulletin that I get on a regular basis from WABC NewsRadio:
The 5.9 earthquake that shook Virginia was felt in New York City this afternoon. Tremors were felt all across the East coast. In wake of the earthquake, cell phone service has been significantly disrupted. The JFK and Newark airport control towers have been temporarily evacuated, as has City Hall. MTA and the tunnels are unaffected.
Cell phone service significantly disrupted? The vaunted Cell phone service that was supposed to negate the need for Amateur Radio in times of real emergency, becomes "significantly disrupted" over a (for all intent and purpose) rather NOT major earthquake event? This is the SAME Cell phone service that will carry the day when a BIG earthquake or MAJOR hurricane turns everything all upside down?
I think not. And I for one, sleep just a little better at night knowing that there are a ton of you out there, who like me, are ready to go into action and volunteer your time and talent unselfishly in your communities when the big disasters do occur, whether it be with CERT, RACES, ARES, SKYWARN, SATERN or whatever.
Amateur Radio - you just gotta love it!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!