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 Posted: Sun Apr 20th, 2008 10:42 pm
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Joined: Tue Sep 19th, 2006
Location: Oakton, Fairfax County, VA
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We lived on the top floor of a brand-new 17-story apartment tower in Caracas, Venezuela.  On New Year's Eve we felt the building sway and saw cracks form in the walls.  My husband said "Let's get out of here!"

So we took the elevator down.

The next morning we asked our friends if they felt anything.  No, they didn't, because their house was on the ground.

We didn't know that 10 years earlier, a quake had destroyed the building on the very same site, as the fault is only a block away.  You can see the fault line running down the mountain side into the downtown area.

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