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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:16PM #1
Marcion
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The earthquake occured a few minutes ago. It was a 6.0 quake; earthquakes are rare in this part of the country and this is the strongest on record.

I can just imagine the last day loonies jumping on their bandwagons.

This is one more item I can cross off my bucket list i.e. experiencing an earthquake.

Moderated by Merope on Aug 23, 2011 - 03:18PM
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:22PM #2
Erey
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where are you northern virgina?

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:26PM #3
IreneAdler
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Here's the CNN article:


 


news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/23/quake-hits...


 


Earthquakes- not just in California any more.


 They do get the heart rate up, don't they?


 


Irene.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:27PM #4
LeahOne
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People don't realize that we have 'em all the time in the Northeast.....   I didn't notice it up here in MA, but people in the tall office buildings  'downtown' noticed it.


All the lovely red brick row homes that East Coast cities are built of, will not fare well in an earthquake.....but ones this big (5.9) are very rare.  The center seems to have been about 50 miles NW of Richmond, VA.


The one earthquake I *did* feel was centered in Delaware, which actually experiences many earthquakes.... but they are really tiny ones that barely shift the teacups on the shelf.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:28PM #5
JanaDale
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The Beliefnet office is in Norfolk, Virginia. Everyone's alright here!

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:31PM #6
Nepenthe
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I felt it here in my office at Walter Reed, D.C., a pretty good distance away.  Floor started to shake a little and then things almost fell off of my wall. 

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:50PM #7
Marcion
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Aug 23, 2011 -- 2:22PM, Erey wrote:


where are you northern virgina?





Fairfax County.


Local news is reporting 5.8 to 6.0 depending on what channel you listen too.


It is so stupid to interview people because we all experienced the same thing, house shaking, object rattling on shelves, etc.


I have an all brick house and recently checked the outside and saw no evidence of damage; brick is very vulnerable to earthquakes.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:52PM #8
IreneAdler
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Rule of thumb in CA is if you can walk to the exit during the shaking, then, not to worry, it isn’t much of a quake.  Buuuut, I would be awfully careful around buildings out there. Not much retrofitting to withstand a good quake, I’d wager.  Gonna be some falling buildings over the next
few days.  Please be careful !


 


Irene.







 

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 2:52PM #9
Marcion
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Aug 23, 2011 -- 2:26PM, IreneAdler wrote:


Here's the CNN article:


 


news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/23/quake-hits...


 


Earthquakes- not just in California any more.


 They do get the heart rate up, don't they?


 


Irene.





CNN is fine but we experienced it firsthand. I used to travel to Ca a lot and wanted to experience an earthquake  but no luck - my wish was fulfilled this afternoon.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 23, 2011 - 3:12PM #10
TemplarS
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I basically live on top of the Ramapo fault in NJ (this may be geologically related to the one in Va).


Mostly we get quakes in the 3-4 range, with a few 5 or slightly above.


Usually no big deal, no damage.


People in my area felt today's one big time. 


I'm actually in Buffalo today, and there was some minor shaking even up here.

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