It's good to note that while all of Washington apparently was in a full-scale earthquake panic Tuesday, folks out here in New Mexico and Colorado managed to survive quite nicely a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred just before midnight Monday nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Co., just north of the New Mexico border.
As far as I can determine there were no mass evacuations of buildings and no one decided to create a humongous traffic jam, which seems to be the Washington response to the kinds of natural events that routinely occur other places in the country.
Oh yeah, there's a bear loose here in my neighborhood in The Original Las Vegas, N.M., and we have not alerted the National Guard or the Homeland Security Department.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.