Aug. 23, 2011. Five years ago, I was eating a snack in my car in the parking lot of the Charlottesville Harris Teeter when I felt a small rumble. I looked at the older woman in the parking spot across from me, and she appeared to have no reaction.
I looked across the street and saw the window panels on a building shake.
Did I just feel an earthquake? Nah. It’s Central Virginia. Psh.
I opened up Twitter and saw lots of locals questioning what just happened. And I shared my thoughts.
Did I just feel an earthquake!?
— Chris Stover (@ChrisStover) August 23, 2011
Then I got a text from a friend.
“Are you alive?”
That followed a text from my brother.
“Are you near that earthquake?”
Apparently, yes. Yes I was.