I was at work in a metal building, second floor in Mottman Industrial Park. Don’t remember the exact time but I do remember taking a step on the floor and feeling like my legs were wobbling. I glanced out the window and saw a wave moving across the road and down the street as the asphalt road was moving. Then I remember the banging of the metal building of ours jumping up and down. We had some huge pieces of equipment in the shop that bounced around on the concrete slab. I remember some people racing for the stairs and yelling crazy stuff but the best response was from Mr. D Mutton…He (from California) just stood there and said “Oh, it’s an earthquake…” He may have moved into a doorway not sure but he wasn’t in the slightest bit concerned.
Then the eerie silence afterwards filled only with sirens…and the realization in the hours that followed how unprepared me, my family, my company, and my hometown of Olympia really were. Glad most of us have learned from that and later events to Be Prepared.
By Greg Lopez