Yesterday, rock shifted 3.7 miles beneath the earth's crust, causing buildings to shake and rattle. We normally don't feel earthquakes in Northern Virginia, but we certainly felt this one, which started in Southern Virginia and worked its way up the East Coast and Canada.
Viewing the television coverage later, I was happy to see there was relatively very little damage caused by this quake. According the the USGS.gov site, its magnitude was rated at 5.8.
In places around the area, a few buildings have been condemned, a spire toppled, chimneys crumbled, glass crunched, but it could have been worse. One of the reasons that the quake didn't cause more damage is good architectural practices and work ethic.
As we were making our way out of the building yesterday, it did cross my mind that we were fortunate that our building stood strong. But if the ethical malaise that is gripping our citizens continues, a natural disaster might lead to bigger disaster.
Let's re-evaluate our behavior. Cheating here and skimping there has a cumulative effect, so before we experience other natural disasters -- including possible man-made disaster -- let's band together to help promote good ethical practices.