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Old 08-23-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Exclamation Earthquake in Virginia

Whooooeeee!!!! About 2 p.m. we had a 5.9 shaker roll through my neighborhood. I ran out - the cat ran in. Largest quake since the 1800s. No damage to our home, but the Missus works in a high-rise office building (4th floor, fortunately) and was a tad shook. (pun intended ) Epicenter was near U.S. Rt. 522, south of Mineral, Va. That's a stone's throw from a nuclear power station. All is well, however.

Did it make itself known to y'all Yankees up thar?

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Old 08-23-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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Yep in eastern PA...I was sitting by the pool and felt like I was in a vibrating chair for about 30 seconds. The report from our son at work in Radford, VA is that he didn't even notice it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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I was sitting in my bus pre-tripping some of the switches and all of a sudden my air ride seat started to give me a massage. My son came out of his garage and headed towards me hollering "What the He**" was that.

Thats as close to an earthquake as I want to be.
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I sure felt it in south Jersey. The rocking chair was rocking and I wasn't rocking it. Sue
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Glad there was no physical damage.

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Old 08-23-2011, 05:52 PM   #6
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I work on the 5th floor (top floor) of our office building. Was on the phone when the 1st little ripples came and didn't even realize it. Then I look out the window at the trees tops (we are in a wooded complex, tress 10 feet from building) and the trees where standing still but the building was moving... What.... Stood up and I swear the floor and window moved 5 feet... by then we know something was up, this isn't right, time to go... The entire building evacuated.

That big wave was the extent of it. Out in the parking lot everyone on a smart phone was surfing the web to see what was up.

15 minutes later back to work... We have a plant in VA, haven't talked to them yet.

The time it hit here was about 1:53 ish pm. Had a 2:00 meeting to call into and called the folks from the parking lot, sorry we are a earthquake drill...call ya later

This was my 1st and hopefully last, quake
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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Schenectady, NY too. I decided to take a walk outside after the lights started to sway in a GE building built when Tommy (Edison) was still making light bulbs.

I was talking to someone on the phone in a Greenville, SC office who said he felt a quake and 5 seconds later I felt it too. That was spooky.
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I heard that people in Boston and Providence felt it. The RI statehouse was evacuated as a precaution. I never felt a thing at home.
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My office is just outside Boston....it felt like a truck backed into the loading dock a little too hard, three times!!
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Central MD about halfway between Baltimore and Annapolis. Sitting in car waiting for 1400 appointment, felt like sitting in a row boat and catching a passing wake from another boat. A lot of minor damage in Baltimore. Chunks of bricks fell off buildings, one very old stone church lost parts of it's steeple. Fortunately no injuries.
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Here in New Hampshire, I didn't feel the earthquake because it happened while I jumped in the air.
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Here in the Adirondacks I felt nothing BUT others in the area felt it......but then again Old Forge sits on a fault and we get tremors now and again!
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It was felt here in Spring Mills, although David and I just got in the car and was headed to Harpers Ferry to visit family. We didn't know anything about it until our Iphones went crazy with tweets, facebook posts, messages and calls... then the cell towers got slammed with calls and cell service was down. Several homes in the area had some minor damage. Now the 3.7 earthquake we had early in the year I was home for that one.

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As a corollary: How much confidence do you now have that our communications networks will be of any use in a disaster of any significant magnitude?

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