View Full Version : 5.9 Quake Hits Va.; Felt Along U.S. East Coast

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 07:51 PM
WASHINGTON - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Pentagon was later deemed safe for reoccupation.

The quake was centered near Louisa, Va., in Louisa County, which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington.

Obama and many of the nation's leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha's Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking.

At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. Authorities announced it was an earthquake and all flights were put on hold.

Source (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/23/national/main20096120.shtml)
I think evacuating the Capitol, White House & Pentagon were extreme, they ought to be able to survive a 5.9 without any structural damage.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 07:57 PM
Not to mention Canada. :thumbup

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 08:12 PM
I am in Lionville, PA and felt it here quite strong.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 08:32 PM
I always thought the White House was built to be a fortress. Why would they evacuate it? ;)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 08:51 PM
I hope they evacuate it permanently, those Bastards don't belong there.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 09:05 PM
I was working and we did not feel anything.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 09:21 PM
My cubicle started shaking for about 30 seconds. At first I though someone tripped and fell against it.

So that is what an earthquake feels like.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 09:37 PM
This is the second one I felt within the last year or so. The other one occurred near Ottawa.

There also tend to be earthquakes in Ohio, sometimes we feel those ones too.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, 10:08 PM
I didn't feel an earthquake so it didn't come here.