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Tim_Tex
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23 Aug 2011, 1:07 pm

No article is available as of yet, but a 5.8 earthquake has struck northern Virginia, Washington DC, and New York.

Update: Here is the artlcle:

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/23/qu ... ?hpt=hp_t2



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23 Aug 2011, 1:19 pm

I live in the DC area, that was extremely scary! 8O


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23 Aug 2011, 1:24 pm

Let's please not do that again. No damage, at least; just shattered nerves.


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23 Aug 2011, 1:25 pm

I live in southern PA and I felt it up here. My whole office building shook.



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23 Aug 2011, 1:30 pm

its crazy 8O , I live about 2 hours south from the center. Its not something we typically have here.



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23 Aug 2011, 1:40 pm

I felt that. I assumed it was a truck or something...until it lasted for about 15-20 seconds. Earthquakes in Maryland? Pehhh. Doesn't happen.



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23 Aug 2011, 1:42 pm

krazykat wrote:
I live in the DC area, that was extremely scary! 8O



Yes it was! Never again.



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23 Aug 2011, 1:45 pm

And the thing is that ones that hit east of the Rockies can be more destructive than the West Coast/Alaska quakes because buildings aren't designed for them.

And this is just days before Irene is scheduled to strike the Carolinas.



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23 Aug 2011, 2:05 pm

Only 5.8? Pfft!

That's just a "Didja feel that?" quake 'round these parts.

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Seriously, though ... a 3.5 is scary enough, especially in the middle of the night. I can't imagine how you easterners got through a 5.8 without a fresh change of underwear.


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23 Aug 2011, 2:09 pm

Everyone in my office noticed it. I was focusing so intensely on something on the computer I completely missed it. Sat puzzled as everyone jumped up excitedly and started talking about it. Aspie Fail.



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23 Aug 2011, 2:13 pm

Welcome to my world. I live in Cali where they happen all the time (but most are too insignificant to feel). Glad to hear that damage is minimal, even if there are frayed nerves. You guys will be ok. :-) Though ya never quite get used to the earth shifting.


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23 Aug 2011, 2:19 pm

Do you guys have a fault line where you are?

Earthquakes are very unpredictable. They can happen anywhere at anytime.



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23 Aug 2011, 2:22 pm

blueroses wrote:
I live in southern PA and I felt it up here. My whole office building shook.

I live in neighboring York county PA, I felt it and it freaked me out.....


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23 Aug 2011, 2:54 pm

Another pffffft from the West coast. ;)

We had a 6.8 here about 10 years ago. No one died and no buildings or bridges collapsed.

A 6.8 is 10 times the amplitude of a 5.8, and about 30 times the energy released.



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23 Aug 2011, 3:06 pm

Most earthquakes here in Oregon happen off of the coastline
and are too small to feel.

I remember the 6.8 earthquake well enough.
I was in class during the time and everyone freaked out.

Most of the damage from that 6.8 was in the Seattle area.

Here in Portland, most people in my class didn't believe
me or the teacher when he said it was an earthquake.

It was about a 3.2 or a 3.4 here when that 6.8 hit.


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