Earthquake in New Haven

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  1. FedEx23

    FedEx23 Semi-Pro

    Aug 14, 2008
    New York City
    Sorry if this has already been mentioned but I didn't see it. I was at the New Haven Open today watching the beginning of Jelena Jankovic vs. Elena Vesnina when all of a sudden I felt that my seat in the upper deck was shaking. I asked my mom if we were moving and she said "someone is probably shaking the seat." I said, "I think we're having an earthquake." "No we're not," she said. All of a sudden, everyone starts looking around and a murmur goes through the crowd and everyone starts running up the aisle to get out of there. It was a long way to safety as we had to go up a narrow staircase, walk along the pathway, and back down another two flights of stairs to get to steady ground. People were pretty calm but obviously a little startled. The building was clearly shaking during what was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake from the Virginia/D.C. area.

    Meanwhile I see Jelena and Elena shrugging and looking confused as the whole crowded quickly leaves the stadium. Vesnina said in her post-match interview that she didn't feel anything and didn't know what had happened. Anyway, there was a two hour delay for inspectors and firemen to check out the structure and deem it safe for tennis use. We hung out right outside the stadium as I found out from Facebook and Twitter that this was indeed an earthquake. News spread pretty fast and people relaxed and started laughing and talking with complete strangers. It was actually a fun atmosphere once we all felt we were safe again. Later, we were entertained in the food court by Mike and Bob Bryan's dad, who is a funny guy. It was a really surreal experience and something you'd never expect in Connecticut, or the East for that matter.

    Was anyone else there at the New Haven Open (formerly Pilot Pen)?
  2. Fedace

    Fedace Banned

    Dec 10, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    It was felt all the way in Canada.
  3. 8PAQ

    8PAQ Banned

    Aug 16, 2005
    How come you didn't post a pic of Federer crying?
  4. veroniquem

    veroniquem Bionic Poster

    Jan 27, 2008
    New York
    I am near NYC and my house shook too for several seconds. Glad that everybody was safe in the stadium. Murray twitted about it from the USO.

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