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August 23rd 2011 5.8 mag. Earthquake!
08-23-2011, 03:18 PM
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August 23rd 2011 5.8 mag. Earthquake!
Did you feel it? If so, around where do you live?

Also, Kings Dominion is pretty close to the epicenter, I wonder if anything was damaged?

Quote:WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated buildings across the East Coast on Tuesday after a moderate earthquake in Virginia that was also felt as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. No tsunami warning was issued, but air and train traffic was disrupted across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

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..In the Washington, D.C., area, parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were among the areas evacuated. All memorials and monuments on the National Mall were evacuated and closed.

At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built and built to the point that the building shook. People ran into the corridors of the government's biggest building and as the shaking continued there were shouts of "Evacuate! Evacuate!"

The quake even broke a water main inside the Pentagon, flooding parts of two floors, NBC reported.

Small quake has big reach
"We were rocking," said Larry Beach, who works at the U.S. Agency for International Development in downtown Washington, 83 miles from the quake's epicenter. "It was definitely significant."

Initial damage reports from Washington included Ecuador's embassy and the central tower at the National Cathedral. Three pinnacles on the 30-story-tall tower broke off.

Centered some 90 miles south of the nation's capital, the quake was a magnitude 5.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday after an earlier estimate of 5.9.

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.Two nuclear reactors near the epicenter were taken offline as a precaution, officials said. No damage was reported at either.

At the U.S. Capitol, light fixtures swung and the building shook for about 15 seconds while the tremor hit, NBC News reported.

"I thought at first somebody was shaking my chair and then I thought maybe it was a bomb," said Senate aide Wendy Oscarson-Kirchner.

At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. All flights were put on hold and one terminal was evacuated due to a gas smell.

In New York City, NBC reported debris fell from the attorney general's office, causing a brief panic as people ran from the area.

Airport towers and government buildings in New York, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building.

Flights from the New York area's John F. Kennedy and Newark airports were delayed while authorities inspected control towers and runways. Philadelphia's airport also halted flights for inspections.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported "no reports of significant damage or injuries in New York City at this time."

A mild tremor was even felt by NBC reporters with President Barack Obama during his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, an island off Massachusetts.

In Charleston, W.Va., hundreds of workers left the state Capitol building and employees at other downtown office buildings were asked to leave temporarily.

"The whole building shook," said Jennifer Bundy, a spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court. "You could feel two different shakes. Everybody just kind of came out on their own."

In Ohio, office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati, and the press box at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.

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.In downtown Baltimore, Md., the quake sent office workers into the streets, where lamp posts swayed slightly as they called family and friends to check in.

Amtrak reported train service along the Northeast Corridor between Baltimore and Washington, was operating at reduced speeds as crews inspected the lines.

More about the quake at breakingnews.com

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Mineral, Va., the USGS reported. In Mineral, the roof of the town hall collapsed in the quake.

It was a very shallow quake, which partly explains why it was so widely felt.

East Coast earthquakes are far less common than in the West, but they also tend to be felt over a broad area. That's because the crust is not as mangled and fractured, allowing seismic waves to travel without interruption.

"The waves are able to reverberate and travel pretty happily out for miles," said USGS seismologist Susan Hough.
At NBC's Washington bureau, it took a few seconds for staffers to realize what was going on, with people asking one another if it was an earthquake.
No alarms sounded but people then began rushing out, congregating in front of the building as they would for a fire drill.
Outside the building, people tried making calls, but no one could get service.
Next door, staffers for the Department of Homeland Security evacuated their building.
"I was probably in three earthquakes in Los Angeles," said NBC news producer Mark Miano, "and this was by far the strongest I’ve ever felt."
The D.C. area last felt an earthquake on July 16, 2010, when a 3.6 magnitude quake struck.
Tuesday's quake makes it the largest to hit central Virginia in recorded history, the USGS said. The previous record was a 4.8 magnitude in 1875.
The USGS said the quake was not related to on Monday.
The Associated Press, Reuters as well as NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and msnbc.com's Kara Kearns contributed to this report.
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08-23-2011, 03:55 PM
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I'm only 60 miles from the epicenter. When the earthquake first hit I thought someone was using the washing machine, but the shaking kept getting stronger, and stronger. :lol:

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08-23-2011, 04:18 PM
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I just looked up the distance from the epicenter to Kings Dominion on Google Earth and it is 27.5 miles directly from the epicenter. I also did it from where I live (Hidden Valley section of Roanoke, VA) and it is 130 miles directly from the epicenter.
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08-23-2011, 04:31 PM
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08-23-2011, 05:26 PM
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People felt it in Canada. My building at work in MD was shaking for a couple minutes. Most of us went outside for a while and went back to work about 15 minutes later.

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08-23-2011, 06:37 PM
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I was smack in the middle of downtown Richmond when it happened, startled me for a bit.
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08-23-2011, 07:16 PM
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We just had a aftershock. Not very big tho, but it shook the house. :lol:

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08-23-2011, 07:48 PM
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Yep 4.2 aftershock - it's funny though - some people didn't feel it!

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08-23-2011, 07:52 PM
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"Luckily Pompeii has an Earth Tremor warning sign." In reference to the earthquake at Busch Gardens.
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08-24-2011, 05:46 AM
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KingsDominionGeek Wrote:Yep 4.2 aftershock - it's funny though - some people didn't feel it!
All I really felt was a quick rumble (5/6 sec ) I was like here we go again, but no luck.

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