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8-23-11, 5.9 Earthquake hits East Coast

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At approximately 1355hrs EST today a 5.9 earthquake stuck the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.  The quake, centered just outside of Richmond, Virginia, produced moderate tremors that were felt from Georgia to Rhode Island.  At this point news coverage is reporting that damage appears to be light and there are no reported fatalities at this time.


Sitting in the sofa at my home in New Jersey I first became aware of something being awry when I felt a vibration and shaking in the sofa followed shortly thereafter by more severe vibrations and shaking that caused the pictures on the walls and the dishes in the cabinets to Shake, Rattle & Roll and the house to creak and moan.  The water in the backyard pool was sloshing back and forth like water being carried in a bucket.  The entire incident was over in a minute or two.


Of course the News Media has exploded into their typical hysteria over this situation.  We get the usual 10 minutes of actual Breaking News followed by hours upon hours of endless rumors and speculation, inane and endlessly repetitious street interviews, comparisons to previous historic earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc, and finally the Media people interviewing each other about their own reactions to the earthquake. 


We here on the East Coast are unaccustomed to the "Sod Surfing" that is so familiar to our West Coast brothers and sisters.  What is your impresion of what we experienced here today?


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Hellooo Right Coast.  Sounds like you sofa surfed through a shaker, not a roller.   Them Big Rollers always get to me.  I'm too large to scoot in alongside the tub wall under the toilet tank like my kitty cat used to do.  These days, I just prick up my ears, eye the door and mind the time.


Hmm...I'll have to check out a geological map showing your friendly neighborhood fault line.

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I thought an immense giant had an attack of gas. LOL. Actually I was driving and didn't feel it. Wife felt it at work though and she works on the coast in eastern NC. So yeah.......THAT far away.


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Yeah, we felt it here to in Raleigh.  It appears that half the building I was in felt it and the other half didn't.  Very strange.


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I got a call from Eleni around 2:10pm (EST) giving me that news. She said it shook her whole building (Arlington, Va), but no apparent damage.


I'm in northwest Ohio. We didn't feel a thing.


Hope all is well with all of the East Coasters!!!


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Granted, rather northerly, but the East is no stranger to earthquakes.


From: The Northeast States Emergency Consortium


A map showing seismic activity from 1975 - 2010.



 

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Of course, will take some time to pin-point the source, but fault lines exist everywhere.  Yup.  Even New Jersey.  How much stress?  A different story.  


GREETINGS FROM SUNNY CALIFORNIA!!


From: New Jersey Geological Survey


 

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Scientific American put together a little slide show.  That's fast.


This image from the US Geological Survey.


 

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From Scientific American slide show - 


Probablilty Estimate Map - US Geological Survey


Hey, it beats chasing tornados.


 

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Hope all are well.  I'm midwest and I guess there was one in Colorado along the New Mexico border?  We are waiting on the New Madrid fault to kick us around...

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Anyway, the sun is already over the yardarm out your way, East Coast brothers and sisters!  


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Felt it here in Jersey. 10 - 15 seconds of shaking. Kind of strange, but life is back to normal.

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Wikipedia's got some dateless historical cha cha on the New Madrid Seismic Zone map NE of the Reelfoot Rift.  


Gee y'all have some poetic names out there.  Sigh.




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Hope all are well.  I'm midwest and I guess there was one in Colorado along the New Mexico border?  We are waiting on the New Madrid fault to kick us around...


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I'm glad it wasn't worse for y'all.


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Reporting from North East NJ:    


 I thought it was the wind at first  Shortly after I got a couple of calls "Are you ok?", then I was oh my- No damage anywhere around here, just some ceiling fans dancing and a couple of startled neighbors.  One of My daughters is at School in NY, she called and told me they temporarily evacuated some buildings on wall street, but not the school. 


Hope that was the brunt of it, and everyone in Virginia ok.


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Useless to conjecture until more data is in - earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards - so what's new?  


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I live a mile just west of the Philadelphia city limits.  We did not feel a thing.  My Brother-In-Law who lives in New Jersey did feel it however. Go figure.


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What doesn't kill me had better start running!

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lol LonnaNJ if we Californians laid down for earthquake drills, wait...guess I won't go THERE. 

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lol LonnaNJ if we Californians laid down for earthquake drills, wait...guess I won't go THERE. 



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i have lived my whole life in california, earthquakes are like child's play here, played daily.

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I didn't feel it but acouple guys at the fire station said they felt it.


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I didn't feel it here in Gates NY ( a suburb of Rochester) but it's a one story brick building so I don't know if that means anything. Many felt it in the Rochester area and supposedly some buildings swayed. We've had a few small earthquakes but it still gets us a little nervous...especially since the buildings aren't made for earthquakes.

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MarlyB says ...



Of course, will take some time to pin-point the source, but fault lines exist everywhere.  Yup.  Even New Jersey.  How much stress?  A different story.  


GREETINGS FROM SUNNY CALIFORNIA!!


From: New Jersey Geological Survey


 



Ramapo fault?  I heard the White House call it the Bush's Fault.


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I was at HQ. Didn't feel it but others did.


- FoxNews claims the Washington Monument is leaning to the right, MSNBC says it's leaning to the left.


- All of DC leaves work at the same time, US experiences a brief economic recovery.


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Meanwhile...


 

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I believe this is only the beginning! Stand by to rock and roll!

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Turns out it wasn't a quake at all.  It was the economy hitting rock bottom.

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After working the night shift 7 to 7 i wanted some good shut eye time! But no! It woke me up, bed was shaking back and forth. I live about 383 miles south west of Mineral VA. in east TN

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