When CNN did a special event report on the Nisqually, it included this clip of Governor Gary Locke talking about how he and his family experienced the earthquake in the governor’s mansion and office:
The family is OK. They were in the mansion, getting ready to leave, and everything came toppling off the bookshelves, and TVs off the TV stand came crashing down. Scared the kids. They were pretty shaken up, but major structural damage inside the mansion and outside the mansion. I was in the governor’s office at the time having a meeting. So, we had everybody get underneath the desks and the tables and then after there was a large, long vibration, a very heavy vibration, and then the floors seemed to just slide back and forth. It was pretty harrowing.