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Netto Azure
August 23rd, 2011, 10:54 AM
There has been earthquakes in both areas for the past few hours. Hope everyone is safe

QuilavaKing
August 23rd, 2011, 10:57 AM
Well that's weird. I thought we were going to be next.

Looked it up, and it looks like they're both under 6.0, so hopefully it isn't too bad. Still, that's big for those areas.

TheChaosBlue
August 23rd, 2011, 11:03 AM
I felt it in New York City, but it was just a little shake...still, I've never felt that feeling in my life. What's worse is that one of my aunts live near the center and my mom is trying to reach her...really hope she's alright...hope everyone else is too.

Kevin
August 23rd, 2011, 11:07 AM
I live in Virginia and wow I was freaked out. But my house shook and that was it. I've never experienced an earthquake soo yeah, glad nothing broke down.

TheFuturePokemon
August 23rd, 2011, 11:17 AM
Well i live in Long island, ny and i felt a little shake.

Shiny Celebi
August 23rd, 2011, 11:20 AM
I felt the house shake. I am in Virginia as well. It was scary but Im ok and everything seems to be fine. I checked my house and checked on my dog and he's alright too. Nothing broken. I felt shaky for a little while but Im alright now.

HarrisonH
August 23rd, 2011, 11:26 AM
I'm in SC. My entire dorm building was shaking a little bit. There have been reports as far north as Rhode Island, and as far south as SC.

Gold19
August 23rd, 2011, 12:24 PM
I'm from PA and I was freaked out at what just happen. My dad thought that the earthquake was cool.

Tyrantrum
August 23rd, 2011, 12:46 PM
The earthquake hit Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. It may have hit a couple other states. Possibly Delaware and Maryland, but I think that's it. It was said to be a 5.9 quake.

I live in New Jersey, so I felt it, too. It was just a little shake, but it scared the crap outta me! At first, I thought I kicked the desk I was sitting at, but I didn't remember kicking it. Then I felt the chair beneath me moving and I had that weird feeling in my gut. I looked around the room and suddenly everything is shaking a little. I was freaking out so much.

The same thing happened back in Arizona last year, where that huge earthquake hit southern California and it could be felt in Arizona. I didn't feel it, but some of my friends did.

I keep thinking another, hopefully smaller one, is about to happen, so I'm a bit on edge, right now...

QuilavaKing
August 23rd, 2011, 01:07 PM
My friend from Delaware said he felt it.

I heard it was downgraded to a 5.8 though.

Azure Rathalδs
August 23rd, 2011, 01:08 PM
Ouch! Thank god that those states very rarely get hit by earthquakes, so hopefully this will not happen again for about 30 years or something. At least there were no riots. (UK)

marz
August 23rd, 2011, 01:27 PM
I was able to feel the Virginia earthquake all the way up here in Toronto. The house shook for a few seconds, I really didn't know what was going on until I hit Facebook and saw people mentioning an earthquake. I only just found out its epicentre was in Virginia.

Hopefully everyone is okay. I haven't heard of anything disastrous happening so that's good news.

Bluerang1
August 23rd, 2011, 01:33 PM
Here in Ohio, us in school felt nothing, but those outside said they felt a mini-Earthquake as parents were texting their kids that.

cbd98
August 23rd, 2011, 01:37 PM
I'm in Boston, and I was in an 8-story building. I thought I was feeling dizzy, until I realized that everything was shaking, not me. I was confused, but I figured out what was going on, but I looked it up online and saw it instantly.

OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
August 23rd, 2011, 01:42 PM
What moved/ cracked in the crust to cause this...
I'm glad everyone in the other side is okay :) I can expect this to happen here in the west but not over there...hopefully a new fault isn't beginning to form...

tleit004
August 23rd, 2011, 01:48 PM
The Earthquake and after shocks were coming from Mineral, Virginia(no Colorado earthquakes or dc earthquakes,they were just felt there.) and they were felt around the region and some.

jab2033
August 23rd, 2011, 03:37 PM
Ouch! Thank god that those states very rarely get hit by earthquakes, so hopefully this will not happen again for about 30 years or something. At least there were no riots. (UK)

Last one this size in VA was in 1879. So it's basically a 100-150 year event.

Official size now is 5.8 and about 3.7 miles beneath the surface. Shaking was felt from Atlanta GA to Toronto, and as far west as Chicago.

I live about 30 mi Northeast of the epicenter of the VA quake. I was watching tv in a lazy boy and felt it rocking, but I wasn't moving the chair. Then it sounded like a washing machine off-balance and then just got worse. I was frozen in the chair the whole time. No damage so far, but I'm sure I'll find something.

Symbonite
August 23rd, 2011, 04:07 PM
It's very unusual Virginia to have these types of quakes. Not even five minutes ago, I felt yet another aftershock.

Morkula
August 23rd, 2011, 05:04 PM
It was not in DC. It was in Virginia, almost 100 miles from DC. Get it right, Netto. >:|

And I was sitting here on my laptop and felt everything start shaking. I live in the eastern part of VA, not the central part where the earthquake hit, but it still caused some minor damage to some buildings around here. Very minor and not widespread at all.

2Cool4Mewtwo
August 23rd, 2011, 05:09 PM
I currently live in Maryland... Experiencing earthquake for the first time in my life felt a bit strange, but it didn't rattle me at all. I rather felt really strange and said 'whoa... I never knew there would've been an Earthquake in this area...' inside my mind.

Maybe it's signal of 2012 phenomenon? :P

Cordelia
August 23rd, 2011, 05:38 PM
I live in Yorktown, VA which is south eastern and we felt it pretty good but it didn't do any damage... was a surreal experience... never been in one before. Hope everyone is ok! My brothers live in Colorado and they are fine as well.

Black Ice
August 23rd, 2011, 05:42 PM
Damn, I'm glad I didn't get caught up in this. (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4758733113_e09cb2e08a.jpg)

There were news reports about people tweeting about the earthquake seconds after it hit. Then the people outside a 100km radius were alerted about it before the earthquake hit them, thus possibly saving a few valuables. We are just tapping into twitter's potential.

I think the worst we had was a 4.0 earthquake here in Oklahoma. I can't empathize.

Frozen Flames
August 23rd, 2011, 05:48 PM
I live in Virginia Beach, VA an I felt my entire house lightly shaking. Pretty weird since it's the East Coast and there is no fault line nearby.

wcdaily
August 23rd, 2011, 06:42 PM
I'm in kansas, I did really feel or hear anything about the earthquake, just hope anyone who was in Virginia at the time is alright.

2Cool4Mewtwo
August 23rd, 2011, 06:48 PM
It would've certainly been devastating if you were driving or something... I can't imagine how unlucky those people would've been...

Cordelia
August 24th, 2011, 03:11 AM
It would've certainly been devastating if you were driving or something... I can't imagine how unlucky those people would've been...
My parents were driving and didn't feel or notice a thing.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
August 24th, 2011, 04:56 AM
Now somehow, people living hundreds of miles farther away from the DC earthquake than we do felt it, but we didn't... go figure that one out.

I wouldn't have even known it happened if not for it being front page news on the Yahoo home page :P

Patchisou Yutohru
August 24th, 2011, 06:09 AM
When I felt it yesterday, it was perhaps the most exciting ten seconds of my life.

Livewire
August 24th, 2011, 06:14 AM
Evidently it was felt around here in Ohio in some parts. I personally had no idea until I saw the news.

But two quakes in this close proximity unnerves me a bit. Remember, the other major fault lines in our hemisphere have all blown in the past few years, except the one located in California.

Netto Azure
August 24th, 2011, 10:27 AM
It was not in DC. It was in Virginia, almost 100 miles from DC. Get it right, Netto. >:|


I do apologize, I made the thread during the middle of a Sex-Ed presentation during the UCLA orientation based on Twitter feeds. See the 1 sentence OP and utter lack of pictures and a BBC article? Usually I fill my Opening post with those.

Still I poked fun over this on FB so yeah, sorry. xD

jab2033
August 24th, 2011, 12:59 PM
I live in Virginia Beach, VA an I felt my entire house lightly shaking. Pretty weird since it's the East Coast and there is no fault line nearby.

Actually, there is something called the Central VA Seismic Zone, that's pretty well documented by the USGS. It's basically an ancient fault system left over from the geological creation of the East Coast.

It's not near as active as California, or even the New Madrid Seismic Zone, but it does jolt every once in a while.

Esper
August 26th, 2011, 10:10 AM
I was out of country when this happened and only heard that there had been a quake in the US. I was afraid it was the Big One expected in California.

As someone from earthquake country I gotta say I was surprised to hear how far this one was felt. From what I read it's to do with the kind of land and rock that part of the country is made of which spreads the effect rather than absorbing it.

Just glad there wasn't too much damage. Y'all out there probably don't make your buildings with very high earthquake safety standards.

jab2033
August 26th, 2011, 07:52 PM
As someone from earthquake country I gotta say I was surprised to hear how far this one was felt. From what I read it's to do with the kind of land and rock that part of the country is made of which spreads the effect rather than absorbing it.

Just glad there wasn't too much damage. Y'all out there probably don't make your buildings with very high earthquake safety standards.

Another thing is that because of the many fault lines and broken up pieces of crust on the West Coast, one piece may rattle, but the others don't. On the East Coast, things aren't as broken up so the whole thing rings like a bell.

That's what I've been hearing, anyway.

As far as damage, some of the spires on the National Cathedral got broken off and there's a crack near the top of the Washington Monument. And that's the damage we've been hearing about. I'm sure there's more that haven't been mentioned.

Tater Tot
September 4th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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