The Western Michigan University women’s gymnastics team was in Seattle for the Nisqually quake, up on the observation deck of the Space Needle. Coach Terry Casperson: “I can’t think of a scarier place to be. Once we realized it was an earthquake, terror kind of ripped through you because you have no control over what’s going to happen.”
Julie Blue, a 20-year-old member of the team: “We heard this rumble coming up the shaft of the Space Needle, and it started shaking really bad. My heart is still racing.”
By the way, I discuss how the Space Needle was constructed against seismic threats at some length in a review of a book about NW earthquakes.