Earthquake? In Maryland? (updated to include non-Marylanders)

My first earthquake, felt some slight building wobbling for a few seconds in Maryland. Hopefully my cats and apartment building are ok.

Rallick wrote:
Dr_Awkward wrote:

Lot of people felt it up here in CT. Hope everyone in the area is well.

Man, now I feel even worse for not noticing it. :-(

Don't feel bad. You'll notice that I didn't say that I felt it myself. I didn't, but about half the people in my office did.

Some crazy woman just came into my station and started ranting about how this was the beginning of the "end of days".

snore.

Paleocon wrote:

Some crazy woman just came into my station and started ranting about how this was the beginning of the "end of days".

snore.

Was this her?

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Even though it was probably the earthquake, I might still complain about those people upstairs rolling that giant safe around.

I want to know if The Most Interesting Man In The World was in the area Always wondered what an earthquake felt like. Now I know. Since where I was, no one was injured or property damaged, it was a fun experience. Aftershocks to come I hear.

Man, everyone is getting off of work around me in DC. The streets are full of people crowded around trees. It's quite hilarious. It's like when we get an inch of snow, no one knows what to do and the whole city shuts down. I want to go home too!

http://jmckinley.posterous.com/dc-ea...

Nomad wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Some crazy woman just came into my station and started ranting about how this was the beginning of the "end of days".

snore.

Was this her?

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Almost. Just 30 years older, 100 pounds heavier, and black.

Felt it pretty good in the DC area. My first one too so it took a few seconds to process what was happening. My wife and I had just sat down at a local sushi place and I could feel the rumbling in my feet. Only half serious I told her I think we're having an earthquake and she rolled her eyes at me. And when it didn't stop I was like, "No, seriously. I think this is an earthquake. Get up, we're going outside." Then suddenly all the nitnacks they have in the windows fell onto our table, their stack of menus spilled all over the floor, and all the cooks and waitresses ran for the door. That finally got her moving, but then it was over before we even got out the door.

I live near a quarry that blasts daily, so my house feels a tremor at 2:09pm every day. I couldn't tell the difference, but Toronto's daytime news is trying to make a story out of it so I guess it was felt up here.

I remember feeling one last year and it took a few seconds to recognize oh, this is what an earthquake feels like! And a few more seconds to think, "okay okay, I know what to do... Discovery Channel has trained me for this! Uh... doorframe? Outside? Uh--oh, it's over."

There is a Nuclear power plant in the town where the earthquake originated .

Felt a faint swaying here in north Atlanta. Went "WTF? Earthquake?", then looked online to find my entire Twitter stream going "WTF? Earthquake?" Amazed that I felt anything this far south.

And we have proven this is true:

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I guess I'll post here, despite the state spotlight stealing thread title

me in the other thread wrote:

We're all good here in Richmond. My office lost all but 1 coffee stir when they hit the floor and we decided it would be better to toss them than let the clients use them, and my mom lost some decorative plates in her house from a 14' high ledge at her house just west of Fredericksburg. In all, nothing really to report here.

I was driving back from LaGuardia. Didn't notice anything at all till i settled down to eat, and my twitter feed was going crazy

My sister & her boyfriend *did* feel it at the airport gate, though.

omg that was unreal. work in a very old building on eastern shore and that thing swayed back and forth, scary stuff.

lol. My friend just posted "Democrats insisted that any regional earthquake be limited to 3.2 on the Richter scale. Republicans demanded a 5.9 or they would shut down the government. So they compromised."

Somehow I managed to survive. There is a construction site for a tower near my office, my co-workers thought that there might have been a collapse. I've been through major earthquakes so I recognized it right away. I was amazed when I heard it was 5.8 though, it felt far milder given the distance.

TempestBlayze wrote:

There is a Nuclear power plant in the town where the earthquake originated .

Lake Anna Power Station, they shut down both their reactors immediately after the earthquake with no incident. So you aren't going to be seeing that on the news.

Fox News is, ironically, admonishing people not to panic.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

I guess I'll post here, despite the state spotlight stealing thread title

me in the other thread wrote:

We're all good here in Richmond. My office lost all but 1 coffee stir when they hit the floor and we decided it would be better to toss them than let the clients use them, and my mom lost some decorative plates in her house from a 14' high ledge at her house just west of Fredericksburg. In all, nothing really to report here.

Yeah, epicenter in Mineral, VA. Update the thread title, OPer!

TempestBlayze wrote:

There is a Nuclear power plant in the town where the earthquake originated .

Not exactly, the power plant is at Lake Anna, which is north of Mineral, and the center was 9 miles south of mineral (assuming the town) which puts it ~15 miles off. Although, the address for the power plant visitor center reads Mineral.

BTW, that warm water from the power plant makes boating early/late season more enjoyable.

The Washington Monument is tilting! Maybe, according to a producer who talked to a police officer. I'm sure I trust that news source

Also, the tip of a spire fell off the National Cathedral and the Pentagon is flooding (well, two hallways of it) from a broken pipe.

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I'm right by the white house and they just closed my building down and all the others here too. Now the metro stations are packed and trains moving at max of 15mph. It's going to be a fun commute...

Still waiting to hear but Life Flight has been spotted in my local area and the fire department is out and about. Doesn't help that where I live in West Virginia, most of the houses are from the 1800's and that there are a ton of oil drilling operations, coal mines, and chemical plants in the area. Just the joy of living on the Ohio River.

I hope more of my ceiling didn't fall in my house from the shaking.

Wolfen Victrocious wrote:

Still waiting to hear but Life Flight has been spotted in my local area and the fire department is out and about. Doesn't help that where I live in West Virginia, most of the houses are from the 1800's and that there are a ton of oil drilling operations, coal mines, and chemical plants in the area. Just the joy of living on the Ohio River.

I can just imagine. Lived in various places around WV for a time... I can just imagine the reactions of some of the people I met out there. I was asked how I could live in earthquake prone California regularly when people learned where I was from.

Forte, I felt it here. My apartment building was moving back and forth a bit, and I could see my tv wobbling. It made me briefly and extremely mildly nauseous, because while cars and boats and the like are expected to move, buildings are not, and it was very much an "oh, so this is what californians deal with but on a larger scale" moment.

Nomad wrote:

The wiki page is already updated!

Wiki wrote:

The USGS reports that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Virginia on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:03 UTC.[9] Some reports have said it could be felt as far north as Toronto, Canada. Official's believe that the cause of the earthquake was due to a leg-wrestling semi-final between Chris North and Bigfoot. North won in a TKO in 37 seconds, the exact length of the earthquake.

Yup. It was.

Most of eastern North America is made up of very old rock; it's a lot harder than the relatively "newer" rock of the Rockies and west coast. There are far fewer earthquakes here but when they occur they can be felt much further away than a similar sized quake elsewhere.

USGS wrote:

The earthquake was one of the largest ever recorded in the Washington, D.C., area. The depth of the quake was only 0.6 miles which partly explains the widely felt shaking.

On "the East Coast you have this old, hard, cold crust that does a lovely job of transmitting the waves … the energy. … This large of an eathquake could definitely have been felt hundreds of miles away," said Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the USGS. "Central Virginia does get its share of minor earthquakes, but an earthquake of this size on the East Coast is certainly very unusual," says seismologist Karen Fischer of Brown University.

Virginia is not on an active earthquake fault and is roughly in the middle of the North American continental crustal plate, she says. But it has residual fault scars left over from 200 million to 300 million years ago, when it was an earthquake zone, at the time when the Atlantic Ocean rifted apart from Europe. An earthquake that registered 3.9 hit in 2003, followed by a 4.5 that same year.

From http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...

I hear it was felt in Southern Maine too. That's like... half-Canadian.

I'd just left Target and got in my car and started it... and realized it hadn't stopped swaying from my getting in. I just sat there confused, looking around. I turned the engine off, worried that there was some kind of problem with it. Car kept gently rocking left to right. I looked around and the SUV next to me was rocking slightly too, but a woman had just put her kid in it and closed the door, so that wasn't definitive. I opened the window and checked the wind -- just a mild breeze. I thought to myself that it felt like a tiny earthquake, except of course NC doesn't get earthquakes, so that couldn't possibly be it.