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Earthquake Hits Washington!

2:35 pm - 08/23/2011

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes East Coast


By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE


An earthquake sent tremors from the nation’s capital to New York City
Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was a 5.8 magnitude
earthquake based in Virginia.




There were no immediate reports of damage.



It is not clear how far the earthquake spread, but tremors were felt
throughout New York City office buildings and as far north as Concord,
N.H.




The streets of downtown Washington filled with thousands of people on
Tuesday afternoon as buildings from the capital to the White House were
evacuated.




A mild shake and tremble could be felt shortly before 2 pm. The movement
lasted no more than 30 seconds in downtown Washington.




Fire alarms sounded throughout the downtown business district in
Washington on an otherwise bright and sunny afternoon. There were no
obvious signs of damage or disruption.





Source



Who felt it?
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coffeebang 23rd-Aug-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I did, but it was so weak I wasn't sure it was actually an earthquake.
hourglasscreate 23rd-Aug-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I thought I was having engine problems until my husband called.
danyjoncew 23rd-Aug-2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha.
jaded110 23rd-Aug-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I felt it! I freaked out since I've never actually felt an earthquake before (I'm on Long Island)
danyjoncew 23rd-Aug-2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Awww, your icon is so cute!
teacup_werewolf 23rd-Aug-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I DID! I was wobbling side to side and I was like "WTF" it was pretty short, but damn was that weird. I thought I was having some sort of sensory issue. but god it was weird.

DUDE I FELT AN EARTHQUAKE! I AM SO STOKED.
bambiraptor 23rd-Aug-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I live near Poughkeepsie, NY and my whole house shook.
tresa_cho 23rd-Aug-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
My boyfriend felt it a couple miles down the road but I didn't. I was also in a rocker when it happened, so that may be why...
ladypolitik 23rd-Aug-2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Weirdly jellis tbh
bunnycupcakes 23rd-Aug-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
You seriously didn't feel it?
bunnycupcakes 23rd-Aug-2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I felt it. Thought the neighbors upstairs were having really loud sex. Tweeted my embarrassment.

...Well, then.
fenris_lorsrai 23rd-Aug-2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
did the earth move for you baby? YES, YES IT DID!
bluebombardier 23rd-Aug-2011 06:40 pm (UTC)

Supposedly it was felt here in Boston, but my numb ass wasn't paying attention, so I missed it.

I can't believe I fucking MISSED it. I've been wanting to experience an earthquake FOREVER.
munky_of_magyar 23rd-Aug-2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I felt it here too. Everyone in the library was wondering where the squeaking was coming from...it was the shelves swaying a bit
we_got_caught 23rd-Aug-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Felt it and I live about 190 miles north of the epicenter.

ETA: And I still feel weirdly dizzy/off-balance.

Edited at 2011-08-23 06:41 pm (UTC)
cookiesr1 23rd-Aug-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Where do you live?
evil_laugher 23rd-Aug-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
It felt like it suddenly jumped in strength, and it was so long, you never knew how bad it was going to get. Ngl, I screamed! (I'm right outside DC.)

I'm pretty sure there has been some damage, though nothing major.

Edited at 2011-08-23 06:44 pm (UTC)
silmaril 23rd-Aug-2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
It felt like it suddenly jumped in strength,

It did feel like that, about 20 seconds in? That's when my lab moved from "um, is it really an earthquake here?" to "Evacuate."
fenris_lorsrai Felt in Bethel, CT23rd-Aug-2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
I did! I'm in CT, just over NY state border.

I noticed my monitor shaking and turned off music thinking I had bass way too high. nope. a truck? I'm used to the building being shaken by big rigs downshifting right outside the building. Nope.

I look back from the window and notice all the shelves in the bookstore moving back and forth very consistently, not the uneven shake you'd get with a truck. Nothing fell off shelves.

The dog just looked perplexed by the whole thing.

The library down the street apparently had some books fall off the shelves.

The business behind me felt nothing, but again, ground shakres a lot from traffic here and he was running equipment at the time.

lykomancer 23rd-Aug-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ah. So my cousin's status about how his house moved is LITERAL. That's interesting.
karli_meaghan 23rd-Aug-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I felt it and I'm in Ontario, Canada. At first I thought one of my cats was playing with the back of my chair because it was shaking. Then I noticed my desk was shaking too and had a brief moment of panic, thinking my apartment was collapsing.
sentinelsoul 23rd-Aug-2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm in Pennsylvania and I thought the same thing when my desk began to shake. I was like, 'Cat, WTF are you doi-- oh, you're not down there-- AAAHH THE HOUSE IS COLLAPSING!'

Freaked me out there for a moment. The poor kitties were freaking out, too.
bunnycupcakes 23rd-Aug-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
The reason it was felt so far away is because it was extremely shallow, just a little over half a mile deep.
jwaneeta 23rd-Aug-2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense. It kinda seemed like everyone in the northeast was zomg trying to jump on the earthquake bandwagon. :)
wrestlingdog South Jersey resident23rd-Aug-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I did! I was just about to pull out our driveway- Mom and I thought we were having engine problems until I looked out and saw our entire street coming outside. It was intense.

A shitton of things are being evacuated around here- including the mall where my mom and I would have been heading to. Kind of glad we didn't leave- I'd be freaking out! My aunt works at the EPA offices in Center City (Philly) and her whole building was evacuated- the windows were rattling in her fifth-floor office.
bathstone Re: South Jersey resident23rd-Aug-2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
OMG HELLO FELLOW SOUTH JERSEY PERSON! <3 It was crazy, wasn't it? This is the first time in 24 years of living in Jersey that I felt a quake.
fenris_lorsrai 23rd-Aug-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
If you felt it, report it on the USGS form here. It helps them track how the waves move through the earth and make better predictions.

You might want to wait until later to file report, their server appears to currrently be overloaded with reports.
bathstone 23rd-Aug-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Just submitted mine. :)
agentsculder 23rd-Aug-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I work near Hartford, CT and we most DEFINITELY felt it here. All of a sudden everything started to sway.

Almost everyone here freaked out (one person even walked out of the office) except the person who lived for many years in California. I think she's mostly amused at how shocked people are.
fenris_lorsrai 23rd-Aug-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm further south and thought it was awesome. I only noticed it over the usual traffic rumble because it was so rythmic. We do get them now and again from the Hudson River Fault but they've either been too small to notice or were at night so slept through them. or woke up, went "hrrrrh?" and went right back to sleep and forgot about it entirely.
kethry1313 23rd-Aug-2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm just outside of Fredericksburg, VA which is 34 miles from the epicenter and we had a few items fall off of shelves and break. I've never felt anything like that. First I thought it was one of the Marine aircraft that tends to fly overhead very low and then I realized that it was an earthquake when the shaking got stronger and more violent. My poor cats are totally freaked out.
mollybarton 23rd-Aug-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm in Fredericksburg and my first thought was something was up at Quantico.

My kitten freaked, too. :(
brewsternorth 23rd-Aug-2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Not a thing. (Though it was kind of hilarious - five minutes after it took place I logged onto Twitter. My timeline was all EARTHQUAKE OMGWTFBBQ.)
serendipity_15 23rd-Aug-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Me neither, if my friend had not texted me to tell me I would not have known until I logged onto FB or Twitter.
thehefner 23rd-Aug-2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
In in the Washington DC area, and was sitting on the floor, feeling my baby son when it happened. It was kinda fun, aside from the WTF-ness of it all.
wordplay 23rd-Aug-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Also in the DC metro, and I was sitting outside. It seemed to go on for such a long time. (Also: the dogs officially lost their shit.)
sihaya09 23rd-Aug-2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I'm in Baltimore. I was in the bathroom, cleaning my tub, and my first thought was 'jesus, the noisy upstairs neighbors must've gotten a Wii.' Then it kept on and I got outside until everything stopped wobbling. Some stuff fell off my shelves and my cats were really freaked out, but otherwise everything's fine.
nightcamedown 23rd-Aug-2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm in Baltimore, too.! My first thought was also the upstairs neighbors, but then the overhead lamp started swaying so I knew. My dog didn't even wake up, lol.
kitschaster 23rd-Aug-2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
*guffaw*
popehippo 23rd-Aug-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Supposedly OH felt it, but I'm in Columbus and neither me or my roommate felt it. o.O
teacup_werewolf 23rd-Aug-2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I DID! I swore I felt it
shirozora 23rd-Aug-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Y'all okay, right?

I mean, that's a pretty impressive range for an earthquake. Then again it was 5.8-5.9 magnitude earthquake and the Eastern seaboard is packed full of states.....

Edited at 2011-08-23 06:49 pm (UTC)
keeperofthekeys 23rd-Aug-2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's because the ground is harder over here and transmits energy better.

/According to my civil engineer bf
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