I happened to phone my manager at 11.20BST today.
'Did you feel that? Just now?' he asked.
I didn't know what he was talking about.
'The building shook. My desk was rattling.'
I hadn't felt a thing.
But I work on the ground floor. He works on the top floor. And it turned out that nearly everyone on the top floor (and a couple of people elsewhere in the building) felt it. Their desks shook, computers rattled. And two, at least, have been through earthquakes before. They knew it was the same thing.
Down in my office, nothing had happened.
According to the BBC, the earthquake was in Ulverston. And felt as far away as 'Barrow, Kendal, Windermere, and as far south as Blackpool and Lytham St Annes'.
Ulverston to Lytham St Anne is 74 miles, according to multimap (by road admittedly - not that far as the crow flies). To Newcastle (again by road, not direct) is 127 miles.
WHY IS NOONE MENTIONING THAT IT WAS FELT IN NEWCASTLE TOO? I've commented on the BBC - still no mention. At least two of my work colleagues (signposted by me... I'm sad) have filled in the questionnaire on the British Geological Survey's website. And still it's not mentioned anywhere.
Was it really just my building???? Did noone else in Newcastle feel it?
I'm just glad there was at least one other person in my office to have been really quite miffed to miss it.
(and we're not talking about football. just in case you were wondering whether you should mention it. i've always hated rugby but maybe i could learn to love it?)