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GSC Experiences Earthquake

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2011

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-4115

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff are among the many who felt the tremors of the east coast earthquake. It occurred just before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd. The epicenter was in Virginia and measured at 5.8 on the Richter scale. Effects of the earthquake could be felt between Canada and Georgia.

“It felt like my walls were bending and everything in my office started to shake. I have never experienced anything like it before,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley, whose office is located in the Goodwin Hall residence building.

“I was sitting in my chair and it began to move uncontrollably. An earthquake was the last thing I would have guessed was happening,” said senior management major Melissa Pursley of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Pursley was working in the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building at the time of the earthquake.

“I saw the concrete walls move like they were made of water and the floors were shaking everywhere,” said GSC Instructional Technology Manager and Database Administrator Annaliza Marks, whose office is located in Louis Bennett Hall.

“I felt the building move and put my feet on floor and hands on the desk. I felt an indefinite shake and then it stopped. After class, the campus and internet were buzzing about an earthquake on the east coast,” said freshman marketing major Charlie Dodrill of St. Albans, West Virginia. Dodrill was in a Clark Hall classroom at the time.

No damages resulted from the tremors felt on the GSC campus. According to several news reports, this was the most powerful earthquake to hit the east coast in 67 years.

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