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Rare Eastcoast US Earthquake - 5.9

Natural disasters 5.9 Earthquake Virginia 2011

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#1 Hambil

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:23 PM

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:36 PM

It's a 5.9, felt all up and down the east coast and into Ohio, Georgia. Some fellow Columbians say they felt it, but I didn't. Was watching Libya coverage on CNN and once we have this earthquake, it disappears from the screen while all the reeporters talk about feeling the ground shake. Get some perspective, guys!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 01:41 PM

MSNBC is showing my state as one of the those-- and not the most distant one-- where the tremors were felt.

I felt bupkis. Now I feel rejected by the earthquake. :(

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:28 PM

USGS info: http://earthquake.us...11a.php#details

Reporting is in the 'Maps' tab I believe, for any who felt it.

Magnitude 2.8 aftershock (likely felt by few if any) 40 minutes ago.

I actually found out about this when I happened to check my facebook news feed over an hour ago.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM

It scared the s*** out of me. I'm still so pumped on adrenaline I might have to go for a run before I can drive home.

One moment I was reading about the Colorado earthquake, and the next thing I knew my building was shaking and there was a lot of low rumbling. It kinda felt like, and sounded like someone had crashed into the building.

The made us evacuate the building....then sent us in....then everyone in the area was sent home. Freakin' parking lot! To make it worse, the phone outages are continuing so I can't call out, and no one can call me (thank god for email, right?).



Apparently the National Cathedral is damaged and leaning. We're speculating at work that it might have to be torn down.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:58 PM

I was at the doctor's office with my mom when I felt it-a gentle rocking. I didn't think much of it until someone came into the waiting room and said that the building was shaking!! :eek3:

Meep!  :crazy:  I'm stressed enough as it is-and I *really* didn't need this. It's my first quake, BTW.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:10 PM

My sisters and brother live in NC at the VA border on the I77 corridor and they definitely felt it

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:22 PM

Apparently the 5.9 hit somewhere between Richmond and Fredericksburg (approx. 1-2 hour drive from where I am) at around 1:51pm EDT.  All I know is at 1:51pm I felt it where I was doing yoga.  Kinda felt like someone jumping up and down on a bed next to me ... still managed to maintain my pose ;)  Anyhoo, when the Gym Manager is yelling, "Everybody out, NOW!"  We got out.

Once out, everyone who had their mobile with them hit their mobile and we were able to discover that it was an Earthquake.  Admittedly, when it was occurring I'm think ... "It feels wrong for a heavy truck passing by, it's not a train, it's not construction, hunh, so that's what an Earthquake feels like."  

It took a half hour before we were cleared to go back into the building and recover our clothes and everything.

Anyhoo, the office let out early, and I went and voted in the Virginia Primary.

Now, all I have to do is finish restacking my DVD collection.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

I had a lamp fall over, my fridge move and some closet doors open. That seems to be all I can see that was affected.

I'm glad I waited to go home. Traffic was a little worse than normal, but when we were officially dismissed it probably would have taken 2 hours.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:33 PM

{{{{{{{{{{{everybody affected by the earthquake}}}}}}}}}}}

For those of you who experienced it, especially if it was your first, I hope you're all okay.  I still remember mine.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:34 PM

View PostJadziaDax, on 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM, said:

Apparently the National Cathedral is damaged and leaning. We're speculating at work that it might have to be torn down.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:40 PM

View PostJadziaDax, on 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM, said:


Apparently the National Cathedral is damaged and leaning. We're speculating at work that it might have to be torn down.


Now that is scary and if it has to be torn down.... :(

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:51 PM

View PostTricia, on 23 August 2011 - 05:40 PM, said:

View PostJadziaDax, on 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM, said:


Apparently the National Cathedral is damaged and leaning. We're speculating at work that it might have to be torn down.


Now that is scary and if it has to be torn down.... :(


Well, we were going off word of mouth info...But parts of it did fall (pinnacles?), and some of it up there is leaning, so they do need to take a look at structural damage. But torn down? Now that I see better news reports, I don't believe that. It might be closed for a while, while they fix it, but from what I can see it's nothing a good engineer can't fix.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:54 PM

^^Just saw it on evening news and does sound like better than initial reports.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 05:56 PM

View PostJadziaDax, on 23 August 2011 - 05:51 PM, said:

View PostTricia, on 23 August 2011 - 05:40 PM, said:

View PostJadziaDax, on 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM, said:


Apparently the National Cathedral is damaged and leaning. We're speculating at work that it might have to be torn down.


Now that is scary and if it has to be torn down.... :(


Well, we were going off word of mouth info...But parts of it did fall (pinnacles?), and some of it up there is leaning, so they do need to take a look at structural damage. But torn down? Now that I see better news reports, I don't believe that. It might be closed for a while, while they fix it, but from what I can see it's nothing a good engineer can't fix.
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:14 PM

I didn't feel anything here in Columbus, but alot of people here didn't feel it anyway. :shrug:
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:13 PM

I was in midtown east on the 20th floor talking to a coworker when she said, "is the floor moving or is it just me?"  

I said, "sweetie, it's just you."

Then she got a text from her mom in Westchester, I got one from my boyfriend downtown, and my facebook feed ilt up with reports from Boston to DC.  

Wow.  

My whole department decided to exit the building en masse.  I thought it was a little silly, but I went along.  The streets were packed with people.

My first earthquake.  There have been others, little ones.  NYC is actually on a fault line.  But I've managed to sleep through them or otherwise just not realize.  

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:49 PM

I was at a coffee shop in Foggy Bottom when it hit; we (the customers and baristas) all just kind of looked at each other and said "what the heck was that?" When we went outside, I was half-afraid I'd see smoke when I looked down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jadzia, you were right to wait: I left Foggy Bottom at 3:30- two hours later I'd made it as far as Silver Spring.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:18 AM

I'm glad to hear that my good friend and her family were merely shaken, not stirred.  :bigsmile:
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:24 AM

You would think by now I would learn not to go off hearsay ;). Bad me!

I do know someone who lives in Mineral, VA. She reports no major damage (but her foundation did crack) and a distrust of the nearby nuclear station (as they claim "incident" but are running on backup). She also said that it felt and sounded like an explosion, and was relieved the apocalypse had not started (glad to see her sense of humor intact).

I'm a bit surprised we haven't had more aftershocks. Colorado has had a ton of them, we've had two.

Ishmael That's pretty bad! Did you drive or take the metro? I know metro is going to be slow for a bit, which kinda stinks, I have to be in DC early Thursday morning, and I don't want to have to get up super early to accommodate for slowness. Oh the other hand...I might not. The building I'm supposed to go to has.....issues right now.
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