In the after at 14:30 sitting on the 16th floor by the window I started to feel a bit dizzy. I thought first it was my health problem, the chair was shaking and my upper body in it was waving uncotrollably, I thouht i maybe fainting soon, but then I suddenly noticed the curtains in another room was moving, yet the windows were shut! i realized what it may be, so i stood up and asked my colleagues,
"did you feel dizzy?, i think we are experiencing an earthquake"
"YES! I DO!"
"I do too, i thought i was ill"
I smiled, I had experienced earthquake before, this kind of dizziness is familiar, although my first thought was always health issue. A moment later I heard noise in the corridor, it confirmed my conclusion what it was. I turned to my colleagues and asked them to take their valueable personal belonging with them, and exit from this building.
"Don't take the lift," I said to them " take the stairs",
A colleague asked.
"Because the electricity may go off, and you may get caught".
The stair way were full of people decending step by step. I took out my mobile phone and first dialed home, I informed mother in law what happened and told her not to go out, just don't go to the Kitchen, better go to bathroom. She repeated what I said, and then hang up. Second I called my husband, and asked him if he felt anything. He is working in the same district with me, and I am suprised he felt nothing. However I still told him what I experienced, then I hang up.
The scene was funny on the street, full of peoople standing there. Everyone was trying to call someone, I tried to call our HR leader to inform him about the empty office at the moment, i found out there is no way to call anybody now, the line was blocked.
We waited for an half hour on the small greenland between surrounding hight buildings. I wondered why my husband felt nothing and whether it's an earthquake, it seemed only people in this building felt something. Could it be that the building is to collaspe due to quality reason? Our lease contract is due till end of year. If the quality is a worry then it would be hard to solve the problem.
Luckily I got my judgement confirmed from the policemen. I saw two policemen came in motors at the cross. " Officer, can you confirm whether this is an earthquake or not?"
"Yes, it said, we just got confirmed news 2 minutes ago it's an earthquake from South West, Shanghai is safe."
"Do you mean South West China or South West Shanghai?" I asked.
"South West China of course, if Shanghai than half of China would suffer the loss." He said.
"Is it safe to go in to the building now?" I asked.
"I can tell you the earthquake didn't not happen here, we only FELT it. Shanghai is safe."
"Can you tell whether there maybe any aftershocks?"
"No, I CAN'T tell that".
Some people passing the street commented " These people are not in fear of the earthquake, they just want to be away from the office to enjoy a break!"
That is probably true. I decided to return to the office. It's not use standing there on the street waiting. I told my colleagues what I do know and my decesion to return.
"You decide for youself whether you want to return. I won't require you girls to do so." That said, i turned to the office".
My husband later called that he had been informed of it and he was on street. I told him I was back in office already.
I searched on internet and found out that many people in different part of China had felt it, SHANHAI, BEJING, GANSU, MENGGU...the actual earthquake happened in Sichuan, it's 7.6!
Also I found out some old news about old earthquake, and saw the pictures of catrophy. It's sad. And I felt suddenly besmalled of my worries of age and looks.
posted on 2008-05-12 17:50 Sunshine 万里长空
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