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    Posted October 13, 2010 by
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    Earthquake in Norman, OK

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     LaurenBeen was in a meeting when the quake happened and told me, 'I was in the midst of discussing my potential spring courses when, at approximately 9:06am, the building began to sway considerably. My advisor, being from California, commented that she believed we had just experienced an earthquake, and though we could hear others on our floor exclaiming excitedly and exiting the building, she went on with our meeting as if nothing had happened. I followed her lead, and proceeded with the meeting for another ten or fifteen minutes though I too thought it best to leave—what else was I to do? She was my advisor. At the conclusion of our meeting, I exited the building, using the stairs of course, and to my surprise emerged amid much yellow caution tape and many police officers. They informed me that the building had been evacuated and wondered why I was only just now finding my way out. I inquired if the building had been structurally damaged by the quake, and was shocked when an official looking man pointed to several cracks within the brickwork of the tower. I definitely should have cut my appointment short.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    This is a picture of Dale Hall Tower at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. If you look closely, you can see horizontal cracks in the brickwork. I was on the 7th floor of the building for an spring semester advisement appointment when the quake struck. My advisor, being from California, was unbothered, though we noticed a significant sway of the building, and she continued our appointment. It was not until I exited the building that I realized everyone else had been evacuated. The building was surrounded by local police and caution tape. What a way to start my day.

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