Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This afternoon, we were at a meeting at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia to plan our performance of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Suddenly there was a loud crackling sound like all the pews and stained glass were rattling against each other. There were two bursts of activity. Alan Morrison jumped up and said we should move into his office. At the time, he thought the cause was work being done in the basement and thought we should not be under the dome of the church. I didn't see anything shaking around us, and it was over very fast. At the time we had no idea it was an earthquake. The thought didn't even occur to me. By the time we were out on the street after the meeting everyone had found out. Pretty amazing! A man we spoke with said he was on the 16th floor of his office building, which was shaking a lot so it was pretty scary. Hope everyone is safe! Certainly don't expect earthquakes in Philadelphia.