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Earthquake Hits Washington!

2:35 pm - 08/23/2011

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes East Coast


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,

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

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.

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)
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.

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
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."
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.
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. :)
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