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To those of you who, like me, are in the Eastern USA: how are you?

We've been shaken, rattled, and rolled a bit here in a "vibrate your drinking glass across the table and onto the floor" sort of way. It wasn't my first earthquake, but it was my first one here. Virginia growled as if she thought it to be a particularly unwelcome FedEx delivery person. (She's still planted at the front door, keeping guard, as I type this.) Fortunately, I don't see any significant damage at first glance. I need to check on my friends, family, and colleagues to the north.

How about everyone else?

It looks like this is being classified a 5.9 quake (I've seen as high as 6.2 in various reports.)

Earthquake in Virginia felt in New York, Washington, and North Carolina


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Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
We're okay here, as is husband in Quantico. A few things fell off of shelves and cabinets opened, but nothing seems to be broken. Apparently, there's been some sporadic damage around the area, though, from first reports.

Glad you're okay!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Whew, glad you're okay and your husband is, too! Here's hoping any damage turns out to be minor. I'm sending good thoughts.

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Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! LOL. I hope so. Any potential aftershocks do not want what Virginia would dish out. ;)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
We felt it here in Michigan!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That's quite a distance! I hope all is well there - and that no aftershocks are forthcoming.

(That seemed to go on a lot longer than the last 'quake I experienced...)
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Aug. 23rd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Friends as far as Boston are reporting feeling it, but I felt nothing. I was outside walking at the time.

Glad you (and Virginia!) are OK!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
So glad you missed out on the excitement! I could've done without it, myself. Ha!

Thanks. You too!

Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Doing fine! But I wondered what on earth was happening, especially after I went downstairs to ask my stepdad what he thought it was, and he hadn't felt anything. :P But now I know it really was an earthquake when he house shook for a good 30 seconds! I'd thought the massive iron attic fan had gotten dislodged from the window or something. Glad you're okay!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear you're okay! *hugs*

It did seem to go on for a long time... much longer than the last one I'd experienced. Or maybe it just felt that way. It sounded a bit like a low-flying helicopter.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're okay. 5.9 is decent though here in Cali, we're a bit used to that. Hope your nerves survive.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

All's well here, it looks like. Still, I'll take a tornado any day of the week. At least there's warning with those. *wink*

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Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Family in Lancaster, VA area (on the bay) didn't notice anything.

Some others in like air traffic control towers in Fairfax (near DC) definitely felt it.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad at least some of them missed out on the excitement. I hope everyone is well!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Smart dog to growl, LOL. My son and his wife felt it and are okay.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
So glad your son and his wife are okay!

Just like the last one I was in (when I was on a business trip to Indiana, of all places - it woke me up in the wee morning hours), this was preceded by a loud popping sound around the windows, so my brain instantly reacted with "Tornado!" despite the fact we don't have the proper conditions for one at the moment. Ah, if only. ;) I'm hardwired not to bat an eye at tornadoes. I know what to do for those!

Fortunately, I grabbed my cranberry juice before it could redecorate half the room, which it was well on its way toward doing.

Virginia is still standing guard next to the door, sweet girl.

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Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
All good here. Amazingly enough, it wasn't any worse 50 miles from you. ;D Not my first one either, but this one lasted a lot longer. Glad you're okay! Hopefully, no one anywhere got hurt.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear you're okay! It did last a really long time, didn't it? The last one I was in woke me up, and by the time I was really awake, it was over. With this one, I had the time to go up and down stairs, rescue the glasses, get Virginia to the doorway, grab the phone, go back and check the laptop, use the laptop, etc. It sounded a bit like a helicopter was just hovering above our roof, refusing to leave. So bizarre.

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Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I hope everything is okay with you and yours.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! It does seem to be fine now. I really appreciate it! *hugs*
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Aug. 23rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Glad you and yours are all right!
Aug. 23rd, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Fine here in Rochester, NY. Room started shaking, so I listened for a truck, realised no truck makes the house rattle quite that hard, noticed the distinctive side-to-side pattern (my parents gave me interesting reading material when I was wee) and THEN got my butt out of bed and into a doorway.

In time for the tremors to stop.
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
So glad you're okay!

I know what you mean about the truck. It sounded/felt here a bit like a low-flying helicopter hovering just over the roof.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
sittingduck1313 was oblivious, but Mum says they felt it at work, and contemplated evacuating the building, but no reported damage as of yet.
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to know everyone's okay. I hope no damage was found.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you weren't hurt or anything. I was keeping some kids at the time, and it shook us and the 4 year old stopped and asked, "Is there a giant outside?" Honestly, I had no idea what it was until people started texting me to see if I was okay.

East coast earthquake. That's so nuts. I'm just glad nobody was seriously hurt. *hug*
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're okay! The kids sound like they took it pretty well in stride, and that's good (both for them and for you). It is nuts, isn't it? But, as you say, I'm glad nobody was injured. *hugs you*
Aug. 24th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
It lasted about 10 seconds in Baltimore. My first thought was to tell the person in the next office to cut it out, then it felt like the ground was moving from side to side and I slowly grokked what was happening. A few bricks fell into second floor offices (converted warehouse with oh-so-trendy exposed brick walls).

Everyone went home. I was worried that my hard drive had gotten damaged or a gas line had ruptured so I was happy to leave without seeming like an eff-off. I did wait awhile for traffic to die down, checking USGS and the Wash post.

Aug. 24th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Falling bricks (on the inside!) doesn't sound like fun at all. I'd never thought of that possible drawback to converted warehouses.

I do hope your hard drive, gas line, etc. were all intact!
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