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Last year (about 13 months ago), http://the-w.com/t/41338 , was a 3.7. This was a 5.9 and I felt it a good 30 seconds or so here in the DC area.

Just like last year, I could feel my floors vibrate and I thought my gas water heater was exploding like I thought last year too. The walls were shaking bad. Any door that was closed started jiggling like someone was trying to get them open. I didn't know what to do so my dog and I bolted out of my house.

Still waiting for the aftershocks. That was the strongest, and 2nd, quake I've ever be through.

Sadly, 3 of the 4 spires of the National Cathedral have collapsed and the 4th is leaning pretty bad. It's a shame. I'm not religious in the least, but that is one beautiful building and I love to visit it once a year or so just to admire it. I hope the Darth Vader head is still intact.



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From the response on Twitter, it's clear to me that (1) all you dudes on the east coast are pansies and (2) I'm following way too many of you.

Also, there are rougly ZERO "Obama/earthquake" jokes that are funny the tenth time they're repeated.



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I vaguely remember hearing last year that there is something odd about the soil/bedrock on our coast. How it doesn't "slow down" the shockwave so it is felt over a greater distance with less decrease in intensity than if it was in the west.



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I'm sure there will be a better explanation of it on the news tonight, but the short answer is that much of the East Coast sits on rock so the waves travel much further distances rather than losing energy. It's like the difference between dropping a billiard ball on a hard wood table or dropping it into a sandbox and measuring how far you can feel the vibration of the impact.

I also am worried about Darth Vader.
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Also, it occurred to me, we probably feel it "worse" in our building here because there is nothing in our building codes about making our buildings resistant to earthquakes.

My house has a full underground basement is on a concrete foundation. There isn't any special structure or device between it and the earth below. IF we ever got a BIG one, like 7.0+, I'm sure most of the building within 100 miles will suffer major damage. We're just not equipped, in mental and infrastructure terms, for quakes.

A guy on CNN had a good description about the plates out here, like what you said Lise. We're on one large piece of bedrock not crisscrossed with fault lines, so when we get a quake, the whole plate feels it. Out west, just a small area feels it because surrounding fault lines break up the energy.

I'm not afraid to admit it, I was in a full state of panic when it struck. It was so surreal.



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It's funny - I didn't feel anything, but my mom, who works a half hour away here in Western New York, e-mailed me about it and said they felt it pretty good there. Based on responses on Facebook from friends, it was very scattershot as far as who felt it and who didn't in this area.



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Definitely felt it just east of Cleveland. I work on the 3rd floor of our building; we felt the floor move and heard the office furniture creak. Strongest quake I've felt, which granted is not saying much. I was surprised to see how far away the epicenter was.

(edit) Supposedly it rocked the press box in the 1st inning of the Tribe game.

(edited by whatever on 23.8.11 1719)



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Felt it here about 700 miles or so from the epicenter. Not nearly enough to do any damage but enough to give us a little shake.



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I moved from Southern CA to Queens about 9 days ago. I was not expecting this.
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I was asleep.woke up and just thought it was a truck rumbling by.

At work, our office felt it but someone a mile or two away in different area didnt feel it.

Place i would not wanted to have been... In harbor tunnel or chesapeake bay bridge/tunnel (17 miles of bridge in middle of nowhere..)



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I thought it was someone on my business roof. It was weird, but I didn't think much of it til the wife called about it. Then, I saw the CNN breaking news. I got off easy compared to my friend in Japan.



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and here's the science link: (arstechnica.com)

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    From the response on Twitter, it's clear to me that (1) all you dudes on the east coast are pansies and (2) I'm following way too many of you.


If you could look up Jim Vance, NBC 4, Washington, his comments sum it up well about the Californian take on a Virginia earthquake. 5.8 is nothing to some, but huge when it never happens; here in Virginia we have mud everywhere, I don't get why San Diegans make such a fuss about it...



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Did not notice it here in Louisville.

Just heard there were cracks in the Washington Monument and it is closed until further notice.



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I didn't feel a thing here on the 15th floor of a building in midtown Manhattan (one of my coworkers think he MIGHT have felt something) but my wife felt it in our 3rd floor apartment across the street from Central Park. Felt it and felt it BIG.

She said the couch she was laying on was moving across the floor and our glass table (which has one weak leg) looked and sounded like it might collapse and shatter. She also said it sounded like the ceiling or the walls might have been cracking a little bit, and when she looked out the window across at the park she could see the building moving.

Wow!

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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Did not notice it here in Louisville.



I'm traveling this week so I didn't feel it in Baton Rouge, but my wife said she did feel it from her high rise office building in downtown Louisville (maybe you had to be in something that might "sway" at 500+ miles away). She said her friend in another building felt it too. Nothing intense, but they did feel the buildings sway a bit.

Because I'm traveling and working some odd hours, I missed the news coverage, but glad it wasn't more serious (apparently).

edit: Or maybe her and her friend were in some "shoddy" buildings where earthquake preparedness is concerned ;-)

(edited by DrewDewce on 24.8.11 1705)


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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0005jg1.php

Just had a 4.5 Aftershock about 15 mins ago, but it was barely noticeable where I am about 15 miles north of DC. My cousin's kid down the road said she felt her floor shaking in her 2nd floor bedroom, but nothing major. 10 seconds maybe.

There have been quite a few aftershocks by the main quake site but this is the first one to really be felt this far north, for me.



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