Quake Shakes Pittsburgh But Not Steelers

PITTSBURGH – It was just before 2 p.m. Tuesday when reporters in the media room at the Steelers' practice facility stopped working as the building shook for several seconds.

Many reporters left the building to stand in the parking lot and twitter. Others went out back to watch the team practice, after which the players were polled and few, if any, had noticed the ground shaking during their practice.

Most of the conversations with the players went something like this one with Casey Hampton:

Q: Did you feel the earthquake out there?

CH: What earthquake?

Q: You didn't feel it then. There was an earthquake.

CH: There was no damn earthquake.

Q: You'll read about it.

CH: Who said there was an earthquake?

No one had to say it, of course. And as word moved through the locker room, the players sharpened their wit.

"That was an earthquake? I thought Casey was just doing some jumping jacks," cracked Brett Keisel. "No, really, I didn't feel a thing." Aaron Smith, a native of Colorado Springs, said he didn't feel anything, "But I heard about it this morning," he said.

No, Smith was told, it wasn't the one in Colorado. This one occurred in Virginia and the tremors reached Pittsburgh.

"You're kidding," said Smith, who was assured it was no joke.

"Well, this is the first I've heard of it," he said.

Several other players said much of the same. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake registered a 5.8 on the Richter Scale with the epicenter located 83 miles southwest of Washington D.C.

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