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« on: August 23, 2011, 06:16:10 PM »

You'll see this all over the news now, a 5.8 earthquake originating from central Virginia was causing tremors throughout the state and apparently as far as New Jersey.

We evacuated our office condo buildings here. I was terrified! The shaking started out mild, and then got so bad the walls and ceilings tiles seemed like they were about to collapse. Finally my co-workers convinced me evacuation was the smart thing to do.  paranoid

The Pentagon was evacuated, among other things.

Lots of folks have lost phone service. This is my production day. Mother Nature has no mercy!  icon_razz But happy that afik, it was mostly just a lot of frightening building shaking and trembling.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 06:19:52 PM »

We felt it here in Princeton, NJ.  Watched my office walls waver around a little...
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2011, 06:24:38 PM »

This CNN piece's map indicates the epicenter was just west of Richmond (my brother's family is there, am checking with them):
I"m checking with my brother's family in Richmond, but I'm not able to get through on phone calls there.

I don't think there's any injuries from the quake per se, but we are hearing a lot of sirens and stuff. I imagine it may have caused some issues with gas lines and other utilities here and there.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011, 06:27:33 PM »

Holy! Shit! Felt it here in my Social Security building in Baltimore. 1st quake ever! Scary shit.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 06:33:35 PM »

felt it up here North of the border - just outside Toronto.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 06:50:29 PM »

Didn't feel a thing here in Columbus.  I think Colorado had a 5.5 today too.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 07:03:40 PM »

Felt it here in Lorton, VA.  Walls and floors shaked like crazy but no damage.  My house is about 20 miles from Mineral Virginia and guess what else is right on top of the epi-center... Lake Anna Nuclear Facility.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 07:09:02 PM »

Alexandria checking in. On the third floor of my house when it happened. At first I thought it was just a big freight train passing by, then I felt the house swaying. I thought, "No freight train is THAT big" and pulled my daughter out of the crib and ran outside. First earthquake for me.  eek
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 07:09:50 PM »

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According to Jim Norvelle with Dominion Power, North Anna was designed to withstand a magnitude 5.9 6.1 earthquake.

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 07:10:05 PM »

Nothing in Raleigh...
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 07:20:41 PM »

Quote from: MrZubbleWump on August 23, 2011, 07:03:40 PM

Felt it here in Lorton, VA.  Walls and floors shaked like crazy but no damage.  My house is about 20 miles from Mineral Virginia and guess what else is right on top of the epi-center... Lake Anna Nuclear Facility.
A former co-worker of mine lives with her husband on the shores of Lake Anna. Through the e-mail grapevine, she said it was pretty bad in terms of things being knocked off the wall and tables and what not, though no structural damage.

As for the plant, those things are built to withstand tremendous forces. But it's still a little too close to the China Syndrome movie for comfort.  paranoid

A once in a lifetime earthquake like this clearly must have something to do with CeeKay's impending nuptials.  Fabulous

I'm a little worried about my thin-drywalled condo, as well as my new kitty JJ. I'm still trying to reach my mom. I don't know if an earthquake would phase her (she tells stories of watching the bombing of her village in Korea at the tail end of WWII), but I hope she wasn't like standing on a ladder or something when it happened.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 07:29:58 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on August 23, 2011, 06:50:29 PM

Didn't feel a thing here in Columbus.  I think Colorado had a 5.5 today too.

Colorado had a series of quakes starting late last night into the early morning, the largest of which was 5.3 from what I've read.  I certainly didn't feel anything up here west of Denver, but I was also in deep sleep when the bigger one hit around 5am.
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 07:42:27 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2011, 07:52:57 PM »

First time and last time I hope
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 07:54:48 PM »

I hope everyone is fine and nothing nuclear exploded anywhere near you!

Are earthquakes really rare in the states as well? I doubt there's every been one in Denmark at all.
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 07:59:18 PM »

Quote from: Razgon on August 23, 2011, 07:54:48 PM

I hope everyone is fine and nothing nuclear exploded anywhere near you!

Are earthquakes really rare in the states as well? I doubt there's every been one in Denmark at all.

They're very rare on the east coast of the US. So rare, that a serious one could be catastrophic to the area, since buildings aren't as eartquake proof as on the west coast.
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011, 08:11:45 PM »

That was unexpected... been here my whole life and never felt one really. But outside of causing traffic from people leaving early I haven't seen any real signs of damage. Maybe cracked some paint on the front of my house but nothing fell off walls or caused anything serious I can see.
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011, 08:13:26 PM »

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 23, 2011, 07:59:18 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 23, 2011, 07:54:48 PM

I hope everyone is fine and nothing nuclear exploded anywhere near you!

Are earthquakes really rare in the states as well? I doubt there's every been one in Denmark at all.

They're very rare on the east coast of the US. So rare, that a serious one could be catastrophic to the area, since buildings aren't as eartquake proof as on the west coast.

Not just that, but the underlying geology is much "harder" than the west coast with far more granite present in the subsurface, allowing shock waves to travel faster and with less loss of energy than other regions.  The east coast is also much less tectonically active, hence why structures are not as "earthquake proof".  The regional geology and construction statues therefore could together potentially lead to more catastrophic results from a less severe earthquake than those typically experienced out west.  
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2011, 08:21:17 PM »

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Quote from: PeteRock on August 23, 2011, 08:13:26 PM

The regional geology and construction statues therefore could together potentially lead to more catastrophic results from a less severe earthquake than those typically experienced out west.  
Plus people in the west don't even bother talking about earthquakes until they reach at least 7.0. Anything less is just a speed bump on the way to Starbucks.
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011, 08:43:09 PM »

Eastern U.S. Faults

Note the yellow one by Richmond (details)

Today's event ought to give them a lot more details about that fault line.
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011, 10:08:14 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2011, 01:21:38 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2011, 07:11:32 AM »

I thought I felt something up here in Michigan then I realized it was just my fart making my chair rumble.
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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2011, 09:25:32 AM »

i saw footage of the White House on our news of when the Earthquake hit and the trees around were all shaking as though one of the Dinosaurs from Jurassic Park were gonna poke their head through  nod
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2011, 02:54:46 PM »

I meant to say, I was surprised how many people here live not too far from me. Be very afraid.  paranoid icon_lol
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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2011, 02:59:30 PM »

now it's only a 5.8.
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2011, 06:59:09 PM »

Was at my campaign's headquarters in Alexandria. The building shook and waved dramatically. I was on the second floor. It was terrifying.

A lot of folks who wanted to vote in yesterday's primary elections weren't able to do so because of the resulting traffic chaos.
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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2011, 07:08:32 PM »

It was a Republican/Democrat/Independent conspiracy to disrupt them by causing tge quake using HAARP!
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2011, 07:10:56 PM »

We won, so that's fine by me. smile
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2011, 08:17:09 PM »

More earthquake damage:

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« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2011, 08:32:42 PM »

More devastation in DC.
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« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2011, 09:39:20 PM »

Quote from: Default on August 24, 2011, 08:32:42 PM


Not only is that not more, it's the exact same link!
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« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2011, 09:45:13 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 24, 2011, 09:39:20 PM

Quote from: Default on August 24, 2011, 08:32:42 PM


Not only is that not more, it's the exact same link!

give him a break, can't you see he's still rattled from the quake?
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« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2011, 04:18:04 AM »

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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2011, 11:08:48 AM »

news is reporting that south east of Atka,Alaska has been hit with a 7.1 Earthquake,it's breaking news at the moment,so it has not said anything else
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« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2011, 02:22:42 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 02, 2011, 11:08:48 AM

news is reporting that south east of Atka,Alaska has been hit with a 7.1 Earthquake,it's breaking news at the moment,so it has not said anything else

it's only 6.8 now, but they are saying a 7.2 hit in almost the same spot back in June.
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« Reply #36 on: September 02, 2011, 04:42:46 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/02/alaska.quake/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

I assume tsunami or something similar is the big concern since this was off the coast rather than inland. Apparently everything's OK:
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It prompted a brief tsunami warning for coastal areas of Alaska, from Unimak Pass, Alaska to Amchitka Pass, Alaska, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said. That warning was later cancelled.

No destructive tsunami happened -- and no tsunami danger exists along the coasts of Alaska, Canada or the U.S. West Coast, the center said.

The quake similarly posed no risk of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Maybe more worrisome is a tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico with, you guessed it, New Orleans and surrounding areas as the likely path.
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