Glass pipettes rattled atop the steel shuttle cart.
“Shit,” said the Charge Nurse. “Not again.”
The “standing on a wave in the ocean” feeling moved through quickly and was gone.
The quake shook the pen of a billing clerk as he placed a decimal point on an insurance form. A patient was charged a reasonable amount.
Nurses who had lived in the area for a while barely looked up from their work.
A screech came from Room 326 when the tremor activated an electric bed, folding its occupant into a V. Luckily, it was more a Copperplate Extended V and not Bodoni MT Condensed, which might have been painful.
No bricks fell off the facades of any buildings in Old Town.
A display pile of tomatoes, stacked too high, collapsed in Costco.
A few dogs howled and a stoner proclaimed, “Whoa, Dude.”
The Charge Nurse left work at five o'clock. Arriving home she found the uniforms she had neatly folded and stacked still on top of the dryer.
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Each increase or decrease of one rating point on the Richter Scale equals a tenfold increase or decrease in severity.
The 6.0 was forty miles or so off shore, diminshing it's effect somewhat.