The Earth Must Be Hungry

August 23, 2011

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to report live from the epicenter of #Virginiaearthquake2011.

[Well, 37 miles from the epicenter, but close enough!]


Just before 2pm, this was happening:


I had just settled down to the table when things started rattling in my house – windows, cabinets.

First thought: it’s a bird… it’s a plane…

Second thought: it’s a helicopter that’s about to crash into my house!

At this point I jumped up (with my lunch bowl in my hand, I might add!) and raced outside.


There was no helicopter.

We do live pretty close to the Cville train tracks, so for a second I thought it was a really.big.train.

But for the earth to be moving that much!? No way.

At that point – about 60 seconds in – I realized it MUST be an earthquake! My first ever!

And to have an earthquake in Charlottesville must mean the world is coming to an end.

I stood there with my lunch in hand and started to feel faint. My hands started shaking. Or perhaps, the vibrations in the ground made them shake! I felt pretty safe in my yard though. I was still thinking “If it’s this bad here, how it is all over the world?” Little did I know we were so close to the epicenter!

I also noticed that all the dogs started barking! I like to think they were warning the humans, which was very thoughtful of them.

And as soon as it began, it was over. I came back inside and went to the best source of news I know: Twitter. Allie and I were already Tweeting massive “omgs!!!!!!!!!!!”

I looked around for damage and things seem to be ok [the porch crack was already there, I think!?]


But upstairs was another story. Massive amounts of shampoo had gone crashing to the floor!!!! Insurance claims will be necessary.


In all seriousness, I was pretty terrified. But luckily things seem to be OK. Matt said the bakery is fine. We have no cell phone service though!

I finished up lunch while chatting with Tweeps all over the country.


Leftover gumbo (don’t ask me how old) mixed with broccoli slaw, green pepper, tomatoes and goat cheese!


Corn on the cob from last night’s grillfest


And two small plums


I’m still shaking a bit…but hope it’s all over.


Hope you all are safe and sound!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! SCARY!!! Wait, is that crack really from the earthquake or just for photo blogging purposes? This is proof we’ve got WIFI at the bakery!


2 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I think it was already there!


3 Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I went through the exact same thought process. I thought I was losing my mind until I saw Allie’s tweet about feeling it too….and then 10,000 other tweets. Thank goodness for social media, right? 😉


4 B whitehead August 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

SO glad you are safe!!!! I’m sure it was terrifying :(


5 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Yep, we felt it down here in Charlotte, too. I immediately went to Twitter and saw your tweet – and I knew I wasn’t crazy! Thank goodness for social media, eh? It was more than a few minutes before the real news got a hold on the story.

I’m still a little shaky, too – and it wasn’t near as strong here, I’d imagine.



6 Kathryn @ Flopoodle August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Glad you’re ok! I live in Cali so we get those things out here occasionally, too. It’s scary when it happens in a totally unexpected place.

On a positive note, your lunch looks delish!


7 Erica @ Eating On The Run August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I have yet to experience an Earthquake.. Tornadoes, yes. Hurricanes, oh boy yes. Rip Tides, absolutely.

Your lunch looks delicious! I love roasted corn on the cob.


8 Jill in Chicago August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I love that we all log into Twitter during natural disasters!!! :)

And boo on my coworker, who for about 15 seconds let me think I was dizzy/crazy for feeling the waves.


9 Christine @ Merf In Progress August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

That seriously terrified me. I thought a plane was crashing on our street or something. Then glass was shattering and I realized it was an earthquake. I couldn’t get through to daycare to check on my kids and was really freaking until I heard they were safe. So scary.


10 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

You had glass shatter? Where do you live!


11 Christine @ Merf In Progress August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Annandale, right outside DC. Not sure why but drawers opened, china in my china cabinet fell over, photos fell off shelves, etc. Crazy and so scary.


12 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

maybe you were on a hill!?


13 Kristen, Sweetly August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

i’m glad y’all are fine. i hope that goes on through more of virginia, too…

i’m on the beach in north carolina, and i felt everything shaking while sitting in our living room. the other 15 people in the house didn’t make a comment or stop what they were doing, so i convinced myself i was crazy, and didn’t make a comment! whoops.


14 Sarah August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Glad to hear you are okay! Man that was scary. I live in Fredericksburg, VA and thought the house was going to fall down on my head! But thankfully nothing was broken and my nerves are slowly calming down.


15 Lizzie @TheMonthOfVegust August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

That was really scary. I had never experienced an earthquake before, either! Best tweet I saw afterwards: “Sure, Charlottesville can be a little self-centered, but an epicenter?!?”

I have only felt one aftershock in Pantops so far…hopefully no more!


16 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Haha. Well we ARE the center of the universe, right!?


17 mtnbluebird August 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I hate to burst your bubble about being the Center of the Universe but us folks here in Idaho beat you to it. The small town of Wallace with a rich history of mining has that title (with some humor behind it). Read on…..

The Mayor’s Proclamation

I, Ron Garitone, Mayor of Wallace, Idaho, and all of its subjects, and being of sound body and mind, do hereby solemnly declare and proclaim Wallace to be the Center of the Universe.

Thanks to the newly discovered science of “Probalism” – specifically probalistic modeling, pioneered by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Welfare, and peer-reviewed by La Cosa Nostra and the Flat Earth Society – we were further able to pinpoint the exact center within the Center of the Universe; to wit: a sewer access cover slightly off-center from the intersection of Bank and Sixth Streets.

Upon discovering this desecration of the Center of the Universe, we proceeded forthwith to remove said manhole cover and replace it with this fine Monument, directing all who come upon it to the Four Corners of the Universe, these being the Bunker Hill, the Sunshine, the Lucky Friday and the Galena Mines. Let the courses of all who foray upon these vectors into the known and unknown be forever illuminated by the brilliant, shimmering gleamings of silver, lead and zinc to their destinations, wherever they may be.

The science of Probalism has its roots in the 2002 EPA Coeur d’Alene Basin Record of Decision, and as a syllogism expresses itself thusly: if a thing cannot be disproven, it is thereby proven. Thus if the communities of the Silver Valley cannot absolutely prove themselves to the EPA’s satisfaction to be good and healthy places to live, then this is proof that they require the EPA’s continued meddling in their affairs.

Similarly, after a search of the literature, our government-contracted scientists in Moscow, Boise and Seattle have, after years of diligence, been unable to unearth one scintilla of proof that Wallace is NOT the Center of the Universe. In the absence of such proof, we are compelled to conclude that Wallace must therefore BE the Center of the Universe.

And it is hereby so ordered and declared, this year 2004, this date, September 25th, this hour, 9:00 PM WUT (Wallace Universal Time).

We had a doosey of an earthquake back in October of 1983 near Mt Borah. That is near the small logging town of Challis. The quake registered 7.3 on the Richtor scale. I was at work and it was the weirdest sensation I ever experienced. Still remember it to this day. We unfortunatley did have casualties from that earthquake. So sad.


18 Kath August 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm



19 Mary Frances August 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Kath, I’ve heard people say that after couples have been married a while they begin to resemble one another, but that picture in you ‘Ha!’ comment sure looks more like Matt than you :)


20 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre August 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I actually wasn’t sure it was an earthquake until I saw your tweet because I know you definitely do not live in NYC. It’s crazy how twitter displayed the earthquake news before cnn, nyt, etc.


21 Minnooo August 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm

That was crazy! I had just opened up Allie’s latest blog post (no joking) about her new bag when everything started shaking. We were pretty shook in Baltimore so I can only imagine what you guys went through. Be safe!


22 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

So glad everyone is OK :)


23 Stace August 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

OMIGOSH! I felt it up here near Philly! I was so scared and I am on the 10th floor of an office bldg! My nerves are making me feel icky. Everyone in my office was making fun of me for being so scared. Here is hopin’ for no after shocks. Glad the news is reporting no major damage and no one is hurt. PHEW


24 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet August 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Omg I still can’t believe we had an earthquake on the east coast. At least now I can say I’ve felt an earthquake in NJ, but definitely wasn’t near what you guys experienced in Cville. But there were reports that NYC buildings were swaying!


25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Glad to hear you’re safe!!!!

When I first moved to San Diego in 2004 and felt my first quake I had no idea what was going on!!!

Now, they are kind of like contractions when you’re pregnant….at first and in the early stages you really don’t know what they are but once you figure out what’s going on, you actually feel them more often than you’d think. (how’s that for a weird analogy! lol)

So glad you’re ok!!


26 Halley (Blunder Construction) August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

So FUN! I’m glad everyone is okay because now I can take joy in blogging about East Coast earthquakes + the difference from what goes down on out West! My graduate earthquake engineering course has come in handy!


27 Whitney August 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

So what can you tell us about it?! 😀


28 Halley (Blunder Construction) August 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Attenuation is the word of the day! Earthquake waves on the East coast travel farther than on the West coast. That’s why a quake originating in VA was felt all the up here in Boston, and as far west as Ohio. Waves attenuate(lose intensity) more slowly on the East coast because the soils are easier to travel through. In California, there is more rock and fault lines to deflect and absorb the wave energy. A magnitude 6 quake in L.A. could go unnoticed in San Francisco!


29 Kristy August 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

As far west as West Michigan! Our whole floor was shaking (we’re on the 3rd floor of a 3-story building) for a minute. We had another one just over a year ago that felt the same as far as aftershocks go…Interesting, I never knew that aftershocks travelled farther on the east coast, but I guess it makes sense!


30 Whitney August 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Thanks!! Informative!


31 Jenn (eating bender) August 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hailey – Love this information – I was wondering why it traveled so far! Thanks for sharing!

Kath – Glad everything is OK!


32 Jenn (eating bender) August 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Halley – Love this information – I was wondering why it traveled so far! Thanks for sharing!

Kath – Glad everything is OK!


33 s August 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

i hope you’ll post about it!! i love reading about science-related things…


34 E August 24, 2011 at 1:28 am

Yep, it’s basically one big plate on the eastern side of the country without all the fault lines the west has – so, we felt it in northwestern Ohio!


35 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

So glad you are alright :)


36 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I once was woken up in the middle of the night by an earthquake with an epicenter just a mile away. What woke me up was a loud BOOM as the earthquake started. Crazy! I’m glad you’re okay.
If I was about to eat that lunch, I would have grabbed it and taken it with me too! I love broccoli slaw. :-)


37 Lindsey August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

So scary! I have never been in a earthquake! Glad everyone is okay :)


38 kristy @ kristyruns August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Whew! Glad everything’s ok and damage-free!


39 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn August 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I once slept through an earthquake. NOT kidding. Eeeeep g-frand I have a bowl JUST like that for my breakfasts — it’s adorbs. I have a collection going and I likkkeee it! p.s. that goat cheese is gorg!! You would not believe how much feta + goat cheese I ate today — SDG.


40 Meredith August 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Wow, that was crazy!!!! It was much bigger than the one we had here (epicenter in roughly the same area) when I was a student at UVA, I think it was in ’04! I never thought I would feel another earthquake again in my whole life!!!!


41 Johanna B August 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for the update. Glad you’re allright – except for the shampoos 😉 I’ve never felt an earthquake and that’s ok – I don’t need to experience one to believe they exist.


42 Kelly August 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

That would have scared me to death!!!


43 Katie @ cooklaughmove August 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I saw my FB blow up with earthquake news and some of my Michigan FB friends felt it, but I sure didn’t!


44 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Glad y’all are OK! That happened twice when I was in C-ville, so it’s not completely unheard of…just weird.

My brother said they felt it all the way in Boston, and my mom’s building in Pennsylvania was evacuated afterward!


45 Amy August 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

It did?? I’ve been here for 7 years and never felt one! Were they just little quakes or really noticeable?


46 Meredith August 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm
47 Maria August 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hello from Fairfax Cty. THAT was scary! I had just sat down to eat too when things started shaking and rattling. I thought the same as you….airplane, construction??…..Nope, an earthquake!! WOW. My hands were shaking as I scooped up our barking dog and ran outside! A few items fell downstairs, but all is ok. When I saw the epicenter, I sure thought of you. Glad to read your post and know you’re alright. :) Now for the after shocks! Geesh, I need to calm my nerves. :)


48 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love broccoli slaw!! Just had some. YUMM!

I am sorry to hear about it all, but glad you’re safe!! Apparently there was one in CO as well!


49 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Earthquakes are scary !! I live in So Cal, so I’ve been through a bunch. The one two Easter’s ago really scared me… felt like it was going to go on forever :l

Glad all is well!


50 Eileen August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

that was crazy – I’d never felt anything like it! No problems here in my office though (after my officemate and I stopped staring at each other in shock and managed to get outside!). My husband was at the dentist – yikes!! luckily he’d finished his appointment, so no drilling mishaps or anything! glad you and the bakery are ok!


51 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

hahaha – a drilling mishap would have been bad!


52 Dana August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I work in downtown Richmond and my office was shaking violently. My computer was going back and forth and some pictures fell off the wall in my cubicle. We were evacuated, along with all the other office buildings, and there were police everywhere! They closed off streets and were redirecting traffic–I assume to ease congestion. We had to wait about 30 minutes before we could go back inside. There is no way work is getting done this afternoon. I think they should just let us go home!


53 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Scary!! Geez, if you’re getting them in Virginia, California must be next! Everyone is always talking about the ‘big one’ hitting here… I hope it’s not today :)


54 Kelsey August 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I felt it up in upstate NY! I was sitting at my desk and my computer was shaking a lot. I really thought I was having a dizzy spell. I went outside to get some fresh air when some other people said they felt it too. Glad I’m not crazy or dizzy! Very strange feeling though.


55 Jaclyn August 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I work up in DC and it was pandemonium here! I was up on the 8th floor of a building and was seriously terrified. We ran straight for the streets and stayed outside for an hour! (yay) Now I have a good story to tell – I was waiting to defend my first ever deposition and it was canceled by an earthquake. How many attorneys can say that?!?!


56 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Haha – you must be either relieved or annoyed!


57 Jaclyn August 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A little of both! I was promised it would be “the easiest deposition to defend EVER” so I was looking forward to that being my first depo experience. LOL. But we will reschedule it. And hope that there are no natural disasters for attempt # 2. Glad you are okay, and the bakery!


58 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I work in Providence and my whole (tall) work building started to shake! I thought it was me and that I was all the sudden really dizzy and about to faint until the others around me reacted to it too! We even had to evacuate the building for a bit I had never felt an earthquake before, it was scary! Glad your safe so close to the epicenter!


59 Cait @ Cait hates Cake August 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Oh my gosh, I would’ve totally freaked!! Glad you are ok!


60 Leslie August 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

We definitely felt it here in Baltimore! Our whole building was shaking and swaying…very scary! They didn’t evacuate us but everyone left anyway. No we’re back inside the building but I’m really shook up! Glad you’re ok in Cville!


61 Sweet and Savvy August 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Glad you’re okay! My house shook, and I am a couple hundred miles away from the epicenter!

My dad is in DC.. or somewhere around there. and He said it was quite the ride! Good thing you put your shampoo lids on tight! 😉


62 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) August 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

It was a weird feeling to be home alone during the quake — I wasn’t sure whether my building was exploding or if there was a bomb — it was a little crazy. And then, of course, I hopped onto Twitter and got caught up.


63 Amy August 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Wasn’t that crazy?? They evacuated our building and I didn’t even have time to put my shoes back on! Had to carry them and run out barefoot!


64 Maria @ Maria Makes Muffins August 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Glad that you are safe and sound!


65 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

We felt it here in Ontario too!


66 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) August 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

felt it here in NY and i was freaking out. i actually finally just started to calm down haha i get realllly scared over tornadoes and earthquakes! never know with mother nature.

heres a link that cheered me up!


67 Whitney August 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Reporting from williamsburg! Craziness here! pictures fell from the walls !!


68 Caitlyn August 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I have never been in an earthquake, but i imagine it is very frightening! We had a teleconference with some people from DC post-quake and they were a bit shaken up. Rightfully so! I’m surprised they actually called into the conference!


69 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

That is crazy!!! I’ve never felt an earthquake before! I’m glad though that everything seems to be fine, but that’s so scary! Haha I can handle tornados, but earthquakes are not something I’m used to! That lunch looked delicious, by the way.


70 Leslie Welsh August 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Felt it here in Washington, DC. I’m in a high rise office building so it was swaying and shaking. I felt so lucky that I was in it with my coworkers though; I would’ve been so freaked out alone! Glad Cville (home of my alma mater) is a-okay!


71 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’m glad you’re ok Kath! We just felt a bit of a shake here in southwestern Ontario – crazy!! I thought it was just me but I went to the source of all truth (Twitter) and tons of people were tweeting about it so it had to be real lol!


72 Cait's Plate August 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I was sitting here thinking “wow – am I getting a dizzy spell!?” It was the weirdest thing ever!! Glad everything is (mostly) okay!


73 Rach August 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Well I’m glad the martini glass is OK.

And you too, of course!


74 Mary Legare Whaley August 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

People felt it here in Charleston (SC), but I didn’t. I feel kind of left out since the whole east coast felt a shake except for me…I’m a seismic outcast. Good thing you and your tasty lunch (and your bathroom essentials) survived the big quake!


75 Courtney August 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That was nuts! We’re in Richmond and I was inside playing with my 4 year old son. A few minutes beforehand both of my dogs started barking and I thought there must be a delivery man coming to the door, but then the shaking started. Cool cucumber that my son is, he didn’t bat an eyelash!

Glad all is well in Cville!


76 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots August 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I went through my first earthquake a few years ago and I could NOT figure out what it was for the first minute or so. At one point, I was convinced a semi was going to drive through our living room. By the time I realized what it was and got into the doorway, it stopped. 😛

Glad you’re okay!


77 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Scary!! Felt it here in WNC too!


78 Allison August 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I was out on a run during the earthquake and didn’t even feel it!! I came back to my building only to see everyone standing outside looking terrified. When I asked what happened they all thought I was crazy! I can’t believe it happened. Glad you guys are ok!


79 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Haha – are you sure you weren’t the cause of the quake!?



80 Allison August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

LOL I wonder…


81 Kathy W. August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

You guys were the first thing I thought of! Glad you’re safe and sound and no real damage (incl. to your coconut shampoo!).


82 cathy August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

glad you’re ok, kath! weird feeling, eh!
i felt it up here, too, in waterloo, ontario. the door to my den started shaking and i thought that contractors must be at work somewhere in our condo building. then i found out it was a quake!


83 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Oh man, earthquakes are so freaky! It’s crazy with all of the natural disasters that have happened within the past year…


84 sarah August 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

happy to hear that you & the bakery are A-okay. I thought about u guys!!


85 Jennifer August 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

You should have used your “Tilt-a-Whirl” post title for this post – maybe it was a premonition!!! :) Glad you’re ok. I’ve never felt an earthquake and DO NOT want to.


86 Mom August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I bet it was!

We felt it here in NC. All the china rattled in Kath’s old house.


87 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I live in the Silicon Valley, where earthquakes are pretty common, but every time we have one it’s still gets my heart pumping. I can’t imagine how you felt because THEY’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN THERE! It’s like us getting 4 feet of snow in one day.


88 s August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

glad you’re ok! we felt it here in dc, too, probably to a much lesser extent than you did in VA; i had no idea what was going on, and our campus was evacuated … so i went home, haha. it was my first earthquake ever, and seemed very strange before i knew what was going on, i naturally assumed it was something a lot worse when the building started rumbling… :)

enjoy the rest of your day! hopefully with minimal aftershocks … the npr people were saying it’s a rare occurrence to get quakes around here.


89 Theresa August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

hi Kath,
I live in canada right on the boarder of Michigan and we had the tremors all the way up here. I’m a travel agent and our brochure rack was swaying. Definitly a first for me!


90 occula August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Here in central Illinois, we had a similar quake several years ago – in the middle of the night! We live by train tracks too, so my husband woke up thinking “train wreck”! I, however, thought someone was trying to break in by rattling the door very hard. ?? I thought the aftershocks were honestly kind of fun. We’d be standing around talking, and suddenly everything would just do a little bitty shimmy and be back to normal, over the course of a few days. (obviously we had just as much wreckage as you had. one picture fell and scared us and our cat half to death.)


91 occula August 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Oh, and it was kind of the opposite here – all the dogs and miscellaneous night bugs went quiet for a few minutes.


92 Whitney August 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Our dog and cat both threw up out of no where about 20 minutes before the quake… isn’t that strange?? I know dogs/cats always know first.. but I thought that was too weird..maybe something to do with knowing..


93 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

SO CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!


94 Angela August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Glad you are ok.

I love that everyone hits twitter as soon as anything happens. We never get any that big here in the UK but when the last one happened a few years ago it took a whole 15 minutes before anything came on the news and I realised I wasn’t going mad.


95 Laura August 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I’m in Charlottesville for business right now, and took a similar picture of the damage: my empty waterbottle knocked over on the desk :)


96 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Wasn’t that just the weirdest thing? Things in DC are really crazy… metro is backed up, businesses are shutting down, and I’m sitting at work. lol. I knew there was a reason I drove today!!

I’m glad all is well.


97 Shannon @ My Place In The Race August 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Yikes! Glad you’re okay! That’s just crazy!

Your lunch looks amazing though 😀


98 Kristina August 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I’m so glad you’re ok! P.S. I just read this entry, and then saw right below it the title from your morning entry…foreshadowing perhaps??!?


99 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

How scary! glad you saved the cute lunch bowl :)


100 Chase August 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I only felt it for about 7-10 seconds in DC! My first ever too!


101 Angel7 August 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Virginia earthquake??? … That must be a first!


102 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats August 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Glad you, Matt, and the bakery are all ok :)

And so nice to meet you last weekend at HLS.


103 Emily@SavoryandSavage August 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I am glad to hear that you are OK. I was looking at some of the news clips from NYC and people really panicked.

And the damage an earthquake depends on the type (a rolling earthquake or a lateral move kind) and what direction your house is oriented. If most object face one way and the movement of the quake is in the opposite direction? You will get lots of damage.

Oh, and brace yourself for the possibility of aftershocks. Most people find them scarier than the big one because they are already freaked out.

Yup, I have way too much earthquake knowledge from living in Cali.


104 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Scary! I’m glad you are all ok!


105 Baking N Books August 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I had no idea it was that close to you! I have to look up an atlas…I’m not familiar with the states (don’t judge please) – which part of the country is VA? I know they evacuated the White House in D.C.

Natural events are so scary. They are something we really have no control over.

I do love your story though! I must say – I don’t come here to see what you eat (and compare) – I am starting to come here for the stories and the life changes in having a business, tips, etc. :)


106 Jessica August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Virginia is on the East Coast, about midway down. Kath is fairly close to DC in Cville.


107 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

That is so scary! I was supposed to have a conference call with people in DC at 2p and was wondering why they didn’t show up. Then I saw Wasn’t there just one in Colorado too? and a hurricane coming??? *insert Twilight Zone theme here*


108 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Scary!!! glad you’re ok and nothing of value was damaged!!


109 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I felt the earth shake all the way up here in NJ!! I was trying to eat my lunch too!! Crazy…glad you all are ok!! I’m glad the wine glasses are ok!!


110 Melinda Valenti August 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm

really rocked us here in richmond my dog was freaking out


111 Whitney August 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Our dog puked before the quake!


112 E August 24, 2011 at 1:30 am

My cousin just moved to Richmond last week and was completely freaked (and was also in the shower…he rushed to fling on clothes & grab the most important stuff – his cell, laptop & car keys 😉 )


113 Jennifer August 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Hope all is well with you guys on the southern end of the east coast! We felt tremors all the way up to Montreal!!!!!

Be safe!


114 Jennifer August 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

It was scary and I’m up in PA. I can’t even imagine what you felt. I’m glad you are okay. I did have to laugh when you mentioned running outside WITH your lunch bowl in your hand. (haha) I can just picture that.


115 Kelsey August 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I am so glad you are okay!


116 Christina August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I felt it all the way up here in Connecticut! When I saw it was confirmed on msnbc and cnn, I came over here to check on you (is that creepy??? lol – just concerned!!!) and you had the post up within the next few minutes. You are one speedy blogger! :)


117 Lisa August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’m glad you are ok. I live in California and even though they are expected out here, I am totally terrified of the next one.


118 Kristen Waby August 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Oh goodness, I’m so glad you and the bakery are okay. Very scary, I couldn’t imagine it!


119 Hillary August 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Here in MD, we felt it pretty hard, too. I was at school, in a meeting, and we all thought it was the roofers replacing our old roof. Why we thought they were jumping up and down is beyond me. Then the entire building started to shake—lockers, windows, everything—and we realized what was really happening! My first quake in 26 years!

Glad you’re safe, Kath!


120 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

omg scary! Glad you’re OK!


121 Sarah August 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Yikes! I’m glad you’re ok!


122 Kim August 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Glad you are ok!


123 Katie August 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Just glad that you are ok and there were no injuries reported! How crazy though!


124 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I had to laugh when you said you brought your bowl outside with you. That’s a girl with her priorities straight! :)


125 GetSkinny Go Vegan August 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

How freaky!! My hubby’s brother was on the phone with him just a minute prior and then he called back and told us! Wacky Weather.


126 Lisa Freedman August 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm

We even felt tremors all the way up in Canada, well, in Toronto. I thought that my low-blood sugar and too much caffeine had crept up on me until I went on FB. Apparently that quake was felt even in central Ontario (4 hours north of toronto). Glad all is well chez KERF.


127 Kelly August 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Glad you’re safe, but I had to tell you that I laughed out loud that you ran out of the house with the bowl in hand!


128 Marie@feedingfive August 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am so glad all is well with the bakery. You dealt with enough last week. I’ve lived in CA my whole life and have experienced many earthquakes with some being downright scary. Glad to see you didn’t lose any of your dishes. My mom once lost all her china and it was sad.


129 Marie@feedingfive August 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My Grandmothers china, so it had sentimental value.


130 Lizzie August 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I’m in upstate NY and my first thought was similar, “Hmm… Didn’t think I was that close to the train station… Wow, must be a pretty long train.” But then other people became concerned. I was in a doctor’s office and luckily only some magazines slid to the ground. Glad everyone everywhere is safe!


131 Molly @ RDexposed August 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Thanks for the earthquake!! It got me out of work for 30 minutes!


132 KathEats August 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm



133 Sara August 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Glad you’re okay! I lived in L.A. for 10 years and you never get used to it.


134 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

oh my! How scary indeed!


135 lynn @ the actor's diet August 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

glad you’re okay, kath! i am originally from the east coast but moved to LA 6 years ago and have experienced a few shakers since. i’m still not used to it!


136 Aria August 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

We felt it up here in Philly! I work in a high rise in center city and our building was evacuated fir a half hour. It was my 1st earthquake and I hope my last – it was scary and I can’t imagine how much it shook for you being so close to it! Thank goodness you are alright.


137 shannon August 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I felt it in Maine! I was making soap in my basement soap studio and I started to sway, I thought that maybe I wasn’t feeling well? Then I saw the lights above me swaying! I went upstairs and the house/earth was still moving and a few of my cabinet door opened up! It was crazy! I had NO idea what was going on. It was my first earthquake and very rare for Maine.


138 Lilly August 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

What a shock, glad everything is okay! Your recap is way too funny, thanks for the laugh :) I live pretty close to a fault/ various faults in California so earthquakes are not as shocking, most of the time people don’t even notice, think it is construction/drilling, a big truck, a roomie slamming a door ;), etc. I don’t even know ones in the 6.0 range would really make the news that much unless there was some damage.It is like snow in the winter, where i live in CA we would go just as crazy as the east coast experiencing an earthquake. I am guessing you didn’t have “earthquake drills” (like fire drills) in elementary school, all squished under the tables, fun times.


139 Katie @ Plates and Paste August 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Glad all is ok! My mom lives in CT and didn’t feelit, but my aunt lives in NYC and they def felt it and were scared for a bit. Can’t believe how far it reached!


140 Jenna August 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Yea, we felt it over here in Ohio, too. My first ever earthquake, too. It took me like 30 seconds to realize what was going on, though.


141 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Wow, you were close to it! Thankfully it didn’t do any significant damage. I’ve never felt an earthquake, I’d probably be freaked out!


142 Kat @ Cupcake Kat August 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Glad your alright Kath. The second I heard the quake was in Virginia, I thought of you!


143 Sara @ real fun food August 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I found out first from your tweet Kath! About an hour later people at work asked if I’d heard about the earthquake in the US and I was like yep … quite a while ago! Glad you are safe!! I have never been in a quake either, and I can imagine I’d be freaking out.


144 Hannah August 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I have a friend in Christchurch and some of the emails she’s sent me about her experiences have been chilling. Glad you were okay.


145 Katie (Sunny Side Up) August 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

So glad you are safe! On an unrelated note, after looking in 2 canadian provinces, I have FINALLY found Sunflower butter in Montana). Yay!

On a slightly more unrelated note, the makers of my fave peanut butter have given me free product to give away, along with a bunch of other sponsors so I am doing a week long giveaway on my blog Stop by if you want to enter to win some free swag to make up for the LuLu Lemon gc you gave back at HLS!


146 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Wow how crazy! I’ve never experienced an earthquake like that! I’m glad you guys & the bakery are alright! :)


147 Heather Eats Almond Butter August 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Was thinking about you. Glad you’re okay Kath. Matt & bakery too. :)


148 Emily @ Life on Food August 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I felt it all the way up in Connecticut. It was frightening. I cannot imagine being any closer. Glad everything is alright now.


149 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I love that I was flying somewhere over the midwest while this was happening and b/c I had twitter open (love gogo internet) I was still able to find out about the earthquake! haha Glad you are safe. My husband said he didn’t feel anything in NY. Boring!


150 Shayla @ The Good Life August 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Glad to hear you’re ok! I know the feeling since I live in CA…I was here during the 1989 quake and though I was only 7 years old, I will seriously never forget it, super scary stuff! I sure do hope the Mayan Calendar isn’t right about 2012 being the year of the end of the world! 😉


151 Jeni @ hippiewildmama August 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I’m so glad you are okay! Scary stuff!


152 Lauren August 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

We felt it here and as soon as I did, I went on and saw your tweet. Crazy!!


153 Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness August 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

My building in NYC was literally SWAYING. It was crazy! I lived in California for 9 months, and my very first earthquake was on the east coast?! How’s that for irony :)


154 Chetney (Czesia's Adventures) August 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

FIrst thing I thought about after hearing about the Earthquake from my sister, was of you and Allie!! Glad you are okay!


155 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

SO glad you are safe!!! I would have been thinking the exact same things!!!


156 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

So crazy! Everyone on the social media was freaking out! I’ve never felt an earth quake since I live in the middle, of the midwest but sounds pretty intense.


157 Laura @ Backstage Balance August 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

So glad that all is okay and you’re safe! That must have been scary to experience home alone. With yesterday’s quake in Colorado, I’m definitely paranoid about where the next earthquake will strike. I’ve been Googling all afternoon / evening!


158 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Thank goodness it wasn’t any worse!!! Glad you’re ok!


159 Lisa Fischoff August 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I swear my roommate and I are the ONLY ones on the east coast who didn’t feel this earthquake. The rest of Manhattan and NYC and Long Island felt it and I had all of my relatives calling to make sure I was alive and I had no idea why.

So crazy!


160 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner August 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I heard about this!!! I am so sorry! I’m glad that you are safe and sound. :)


161 Jill August 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I’m glad you and Matt are all right. I thought about you when I heard about the earthquake on the news this afternoon.
My neice just recently moved to D.C. to go to college. When I heard about the earthquake I thought, “Oh, no my sister is going to freak out.”


162 Khushboo August 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Earthquake or not, there’s no way your lunch is going to waste- haha love it! Glad you’re safe!


163 Lauri ( August 24, 2011 at 4:56 am

Crazy! I didn’t feel anything here in the Charleston, SC area, but I had a few friends in Cola say they felt the ground shake! I found it about it from Facebook! Insane how fast ‘social media’ news travels! Who needs news channels when you’ve got twitter and facebook to keep ya updated?!


164 Sara, Food Blogger on a Diet / Ms. Adventures in Italy August 24, 2011 at 5:06 am

When I saw the magnitude, it didn’t seem that severe – (I’m from CA so I’ve been in much bigger ones – the 7.1’s epicenter was 3 miles from my house) – but the distance and breadth it traveled was amazing. I knew it would be shocking to many people who don’t often feel earthquakes! Hopefully that’s the last one for a while :)


165 Alaina August 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

That was crazy! I actually didn’t feel anything in Boston but people at work were talking about it. I probably would have freaked out if I knew what was happening.


166 Allison August 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

Glad you’re all okay! I’m right outside DC and have family that lives in Richmond- it was so scary! Sure, we run through fire and tornado drills in school, but never earthquake drills! I think schools are gonna have to rethink their safety procedures!


167 Kate August 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Check out this website where you can add your location if you felt anything.

We had one a few years ago in IL but I felt nothing (very early in the morning)..nor the aftershock..when people rushed out of their office “did you feel that?!”


168 Dominique August 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

We felt the earthquake here in Canada, too. I didn’t actually feel it but a few of my friends did. It was apparently felt even an hour north of me, which I thought was incredibly weird. I’m about 30 minutes north of Toronto. Last night we had a tornado watch going on. Pretty crazy stuff for my part of town and the BF and I were crazy enough to drive to the city for sandwiches and then drove back during lighting and lots of rain.


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