One good thing about working at church is having access to our security camera system.  Here are a couple of vids showing what happened during the earthquake on 8/23/11.

First, a view of our kitchen.  Notice the carts going back and forth.

On a side note, the gray-haired woman has worked in our kitchen for 37 years.  Her first instinct was to make sure her other worker was OK.  Then, instead of heading straight for safety, she ran to our child care area to make sure the children were safe.  I want to be her when I grow up.

As you may remember for my last post, the earthquake took place during a funeral for a Navy Seal.  I was in our fellowship hall, watching a feed of the service.  The first indication of the earthquake was a small shaking of the video feed.  My first inclination was to get upset at our AV guy for shaking the camera during such an important service.  Then I heard a “whomp, whomp, whomp” which I though was a low flying helicopter trying to get pictures of the service.  When the shaking got even worse, I feared some sort of bomb had gone off.  Finally, I realized that it was an earthquake, so I left to headed to the main sanctuary.

Unfortunately, I can’t show you the most interesting video shot during the earthquake.  We were videotaping the service when it hit.  But the Navy Seal’s commanding officer was speaking at the time.  Since they don’t want these guys’ faces readily identified as being Navy Seals, we had to turn over all our service videos to the Navy Public Affairs Office.  Oh well.  You’ll just have to trust me that the sight of large brass chandeliers swaying 2-3 feet back and forth is rather interesting.

The church survived with only minor injuries.

Some tiles popped off the kitchen wall

Several recessed light rings popped out.

Some of this crack was already in the Sanctuary (at the spot of an addition years ago). But the crack widened and moved diagonally down the wall.

My office did not escape unscathed.

Unfortunately, I found out that Space Shuttle tiles are pretty fragile. But overall, it could have been worse.

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3 Comments on “Aftermath”

  1. whimzie Says:

    Maybe NASA should have used something other than tiles. None of those seem to fare very well under pressure!

    That precious little lady! What a treasure!

  2. miss V. Says:

    If you have to be in an earthquake,church isn’t a bad place to be..Bless that dear lady..

  3. quotation marks Says:

    Those security cameras “paid off.” Mrs. G is a treasure. It’s always amazed me how people react in serious situations. No matter what the emergency had been, you were “covered.” Thanks for your service to many.

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