Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A 5.8 shaker? Not even worth waking up for.....

MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted Tuesday by the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. Three weeks before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, office workers poured out of New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon, relieved it was nothing more sinister than an act of nature.
There were no known deaths or serious injuries, but cracks appeared in the National Cathedral, and three capstones broke off its tower. Windows shattered and grocery stores were wrecked in Virginia, where the quake was centered. The White House and Capitol were partly evacuated.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered magnitude 5.8. By West Coast standards, that is mild. But the East Coast is not accustomed to earthquakes at all, and this one unsettled some of the nation's biggest population centers.

12 comments:

Tattoo Jim said...

I felt it here in Kitty Hawk just before 2 p.m..... thought I was having some kind of flashback from the 60's... wild fires all around us since May, an earthquake today and later in the week, hurricane Irene... wonder who Obama will try to blame this on... fucker!

Toaster 802 said...

Shit started moving up here in Vermont. just a little shake-shake.

TexasFred said...

I was at the L.A. Convention Center when the Northridge quake hit, THAT was one to wake up for...

drjim said...

A 5.8 will get your attention, even out here in Kaliforniastan.
I can just imagine it scared the shit out of people who've never been through one.

drjim said...

I was living in San Pedro then.
I learned first hand what "Soil Liquefaction" meant!
The apartment building I was living in was on a land-fill area, and when a big one hits, the water percolates back UP through the soil, and turns to something like quick-sand.
My building shifted a couple of feet, the big plate glass windows in the entryway shattered, and the main gas line coming in broke.

MSgt said...

drjim,

You're right, it did.

(I live about 30 miles from epicenter)

We don't get shit like that in Virginia.

weaponoffishdestruction@gmail.com said...

Kenny,
Down here in the Dirty South, we heard that is wasn't an earthquake - it was the result of a collective rolling over in Arlington.

take care,
Bobby

Randy said...

People in Dumfries, VA were running out of their houses scared out of their minds. The quake knocked two cans of food off my pantry shelf and tipped over my wheelbarrow. I was on a ladder painting trim on my storage building and it shook me off the ladder. I heard a Chinese lady on the tee box behind me claiming she had a "murringan" coming because of her crappy drive.

Jay G said...

I have it on good authority that Ă˜bama is going to blame this on a newly discovered geological entity. He's going to call it "Bush's Fault"...

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all the week...

Skip said...

Northridge woke us up at 4 something in the morning...125 miles away in San Diego.

wirecutter said...

I bet there's a bunch of fucked up brick homes back there.

rgranger said...

The Corp of Engineers Survey for the Washington Monument was just released: Along with several cracks and some structural damage in now has a pronounced lean to the left.