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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 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)