In February 2006, to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the Nisqually quake, the Olympian asked readers to send in their memories of going through it. I recently found the resulting “Day of quake sticks in readers’ minds” article, collecting about 10 reader stories, in a library database of articles from Washington newspapers. I’d like to link to the Olympian’s web page for the article, but I haven’t found it. Here, reprinted from the article, is a brief story from one woman:
My bookcases crashed over; my TV flew off its stand. Everything from my medicine cabinet ended up in my toilet, and things from my refrigerator ended up on my kitchen floor in a puddle of salad dressing.
I ran down the stairs to go to the Elks Apartments and Talcott Buildings, which I was managing at the time. During the earthquake, the water heaters above the the top floor of the Elks ripped loose from their fittings. Water poured down, soaking a number of apartments and Capitale Restaurant. Some interior walls and the bricks in the facade, next to Jinjor’s front door, cracked.
The Talcott Building looked like a bomb went off in it; plaster and lathe debris littered the hallway and stairs. Both buildings were yellow-tagged, leaving 45 apartments temporarily uninhabitable and forcing numerous businesses to close, some never to reopen.
It was a day I’ll never forget.
– Norma Jean Hissong