Skip to comments.EARTHQUAKE JUST HIT DC AREA, MY HOUSE SHOOK LIKE xxx [Mag 5.9 in VA]
Posted on 08/23/2011 10:55:19 AM PDT by stockpirate
It is a fantastic park....as long as you're uphill from Madame Pele!
Those poor folks in the east are not used to quakes and this was a 5.9 less than a mile deep. Probably felt stronger.
Also the buildings may not be as quake-proof as those out here.
I live near the prisons. Nothing. The cats disappeared for awhile, but nothing moved, creaked or shook.
And in a shootout, go stand in the front doorway.
I don’t know why that struck me as funny. But seriously, we
should ask Perry into looking at moving the Capitol to say,
Central Kansas and only convening Congress during twister season.
No planes flying in = no lobbyists.
VIDEO of empty WH shaking
My daughter lives in Merryland. She lost her cell service and still doesn’t have any I think.
Cause as soon as I knew it was an earthquake I called her. I got that rapid busy signal when it’s out. Seconds, just seconds later, I go to Facebook and she’s online asking if anyone else lost cell service.
At the time she didn’t know it was an earthquake.
And that’s how we were able to communicate, via Facebook. Heh.
Felt tremors here in Exeter, New Hampshire... shook for about 35 seconds, must have been a doozy. I guess God is none too happy with Obamessiah and his minions.
God bless you.
And don’t think this Easterner doesn’t have some (minor) concern of the same thing, as it is.
I live in Columbia/Ellicott City, MD - almost all my life. Back c.1990 we had a whole series of shakes BASED RIGHT HERE (a well-known major highway intersection south of Columbia)! They were no worse than ~3.3, mostly 2.5, but they were close to us and they kept happening - the local community college put out “earthquake alerts” on 1 of their channels continuously for weeks at least. That’ll put us on notice that shocks can keep happening.
Also, last year people got a big laugh out of the highly localized quakes south of us in Montgomery Co, MD. My friend down there felt a bit of it, but up here we didn’t. Precursor?
Nobody could ever handle me, put up with me, live with me, or not murder me.
We felt it very well here in WV just past the Potomac. Weird.
It's called a Dust Devil, very common here in the Summer.
Any surviving politicians?
I have friends who lost cell service in the Maryland and New Jersey area shortly after the quake.
Felt the whole building shake and sway (NE MD).
Funny how the East Coast people are having puppies over this.
It’s okay, the national debt simply shifted a bit
That said, I wonder what a thousand-year quake is like? Nobody was recording quakes in these parts before the 1600s. There could be big surprises in store. Hopefully we won't find out. At least not before I sell my house in VA. ;-)
From Wiki: The 2002 Sumatra earthquake is regarded as a foreshock of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake with a delay of more than two years between the two events.
It was already leaning to the left.
I felt it big time here in northern VA
Never experienced anything like it. My bafflement as to how anybody manages to live in California and stay sane has just shot the moon.
Good question. Feeling any aftershocks?
I felt it here in Irwin (jolt, pause, jolt). Husband felt it in New Stanton; ours HS...lights swayed; wall mounted TVs shook. Daughter, who works in Cranberry, didn’t feel it (but some of her co-workers did).
That will change as she gets to know you better...
Did NJ just have an earthquake?Those are the contemporaneous initial reaction posts.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:59:56 PM · by cdnerds
Earthquake, East Tennessee
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:59:31 PM · by MHGinTN
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:58:37 PM · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Earthquake in Northern Vermont?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:58:09 PM · by Straight Vermonter
Just felt a small earthquake in Northern NJ
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:57:56 PM · by Huck
JUST FELT A JOLT IN NORTH EAST
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:57:50 PM · by parisa
Was there just an earthquake near Fairfax city,va????
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:57:07 PM · by Bulwinkle
Earthquake - Northeast Ohio
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:56:20 PM · by DocCincy
Strong earthquake just felt in Richmond, VA
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:56:19 PM · by P8riot
EARTHQUAKE JUST HIT DC AREA, MY HOUSE SHOOK LIKE xxx
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:55:19 PM · by stockpirate
I think it’s an omen, actually . . .
Anyone living in the DC area without express orders from God to continue doing so . . . is clueless.
. . . along with Florida . . . etc.
Times are a changin’
Joya’s Dad’s lived in the area for 40 years and that’s the first quake he’s ever felt.
Actually, I borrowed that from another FReeper.
When California faces a Category 3 hurricane, we'll smirk.
Actually we won't. We'll be concerned. What westerners don't understand is that in east coast cities there are masonry buildings that are 300 years old. A 6.0 is a big deal in the east. Especially when a Cat 3 hurricane is due to arrive in four days.
Yeah we have AT&T wireless, our cell service was wonky for a few minutes right after the quake. My West Coast Facebook friends are poking fun at us for freaking out about this, but hey this isn’t normal for us dangit!
earthquake 3D - we made it!
I felt it as far away as Wheeling WV at a Steel Mill. Thought I was imagining it or something.
speaking of waves.. re: the hospital corridor waves..
I was in a open space area during the 1980 Morgan Hill 6.0 quake near San Jose, I saw waves moving across the ground and light poles and such swaying quite vigorously from side to side .. I was on the phone with wifey who was 15 miles away under desk at work thru the whole thing..
The Loma Prieta was pretty intense too, going home on the freeway, listening to the pre-world series festivities on the radio , and then bouncing around on the freeway like we were on balloon tires.. everybody stopped. I saw the buildings in downtown shaking pretty good.. that one sloshed quite a bit of water out of the pool that day
Hit us in Baltimore. A 5.8mag in Virginia it seems. Cell phones arent working.
probability of earthquake greater than 4.75 magnitude within next 100 years (central Virginia) Source: USGS Earthquake Probability Mapping
I’m from Texas, but moved to California many years ago. One of my first quakes was the 7.1 Loma Prieta. I was at work with 2 California natives. After we dove under some tables, I asked if the earthquake was normal. I only got concerned when they both said “no” and they were upset.
I use to freak out at little quakes. Now, I handle ones under a 6.0 pretty well.
Well to your West Coast Freepers....this was utterly amazing. Once I felt a very slight earthquake back when I lived in Merryland. It was so small that both husband and myself weren’t sure. It wasn’t until the next day that reports came in of a very minor tremor.
Thus you go to know that we have no idea what an earthquake of this size feels like. I’m over 60 years old.
When I felt, and SAW with my lying eyeballs...the table going round and round I...well it was just the most incredible thing. Not to mention my dog predicting this thing for a half an hour before it happened.
This is just an amazing thing for us east coasters and since it looks like no damage or pain anywhere, it is an experience we’ll not soon forget and will talk about for days to come.
Hah! I’m thinking now you’re my husband, on FreeRepublic in disguise! Clearly we’re made for each other!
It’s not necessarily a fear thing. It’s more like WTF - we don’t have 6.0 earthquakes in the northeast. I’m working in Manhattan 30 years. This is the first time I’ve felt the building shake. Very weird.
Who said anything about us staying sane?
5.8-5.9 is not inconsiderable. Fortunately the epicenter was in sparsely-populated farmland. Had it been beneath a densly populated area we might be getting casualty reports.
The lamps and shades moved and the plants on their hooks on the balcony were swaying.
We have a DVD stand that always falls over but it didn't. Maybe it was because the floor was moving ...hmmm...kinda east and west instead of north and south. If had been the other way it would have fallen.
One of our youngest son's friends lives nearby and has a 47 inch TV that came with a earthquake safety wire that he never put on.
I think the famed “Bush’s Fault” runs right through that area.
I work at an explosives company though, so when they are out doing product testing, it isn't unusual to feel similar size rumbles - they are usually preceded by a loud bang though, and this time it wasn't.