Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What Does an Earthquake Do to a Library?

Today's news that a moderate earthquake shook California quickly spread through the social networks (well, a 5.8 earthquake isn't moderate in my books!) It was only a matter of time before some video surfaced. I was excited to see that the first footage I saw was of the damage in a library. I had never thought about what the after-effects of a little quake would be on a library--

This is from Daynah, taken when she happened to be taking video and photos at the Science Library at UC Riverside.

I am relieved to see no one was hurt, although I'm glad I don't have to do the clean up.


Daynah said...

Our Stacks Unit is going to have a fun time this week! We had close to 900 books fall off the shelves in the Science Library. Of the 900, 10 were damaged.

Connie Crosby said...

Thanks for the update, Daynah! Does this happen very often??

Daynah said...

Little earthquakes happen now and then. This was one was a much bigger one. I've never seen so many books fall off our shelves before, and I've worked here for almost 10 years!

Connie Crosby said...

Thank you for helping to put it into perspective! Again, it is amazing no one was seriously hurt in California.

Falling books can hurt!