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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


Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Your perception of 3-4 minutes is interesting... they actually last less than a minute, although it seems like forever when it's happening! The earthquake that devastated San Francisco only lasted 30 seconds.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
It could have been aftershocks, or maybe the building shook longer than the ground itself, I don't know, but my office building's shaking definitely lasted minutes, not seconds. It was long enough for me to notice things were shaking, for everyone to converge in the central office, sit down and discuss what was happening, make jokes about going to hide in the bathroom or the basement ("no, that's for tornadoes!"), for me to update FB and get responses from several people who also felt it, for other people to check if it said anything on the news yet, and for all of us to say "gee, is it *still* going on?" several times. By the end the wobbling was very faint, but still noticeable to all of us.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it's one of those two things you cite in your first sentence. Now I am curious and I will check the news or USGS to see if they have duration info. How amazing that it occurred where it did. ETA I found one website where some people were reporting it lasted 5 seconds and others in different cities said close to one minute. So probably location is a factor, too, although I think it's mostly your building continuing to sway. I have been in tall buildings during earthquakes and I always reminded myself (nervously) that the swaying was good, it meant the building was doing what it was supposed to do!

Edited at 2011-08-23 10:14 pm (UTC)