I was down here in Texas saying "The East Coast is Finally Getting What They Deserve"!
Hurricanes and Earthquakes - about damn time.
I also heard Obama is blaming this on the Bush Fault.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I am a California native, currently residing in Oklahoma, and a little shaker like that would hardly be noticed. I can just them running in the streets screaming in panic. Hahahahahaha!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I live about 20 miles from the epicenter and was working on some plumbing at a friends house just 10 miles from it. Not my first earthquake so I got outside quick. Minor damage to the house (cracked chimney) but more damage to another friend's house about 5 miles from the epicenter.
Verizon cell towers were either out or overloaded for an hour or two afterwards.
I'm a ham radio operator, (KJ4VOV) and member of the county Fire & Rescue communications team so I headed to the Emergency Operations Center but the county decided they could handle everything with the on-duty people, so our team is just on standby right now.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Just so the Californians know:
A 5.9 earthquake on the East Coast feels like a 7.9 in California.
California's rock structure isn't as solid as the East Coast's. Therefore a quake of 5.9 can be felt over 1000 miles away from the epicenter on the East. Whereas on the West, it'll only be felt for about 200.
Not to mention that the buildings on the East aren't built for that kind of shaking....
Anyway...I've only been in 1 earthquake here in Alabama. My dog started barking uncontrollably RIGHT before it hit. So I was up yelling at my dog to shut up and when the rumbling started, it scared the hell out of me.
Earthquakes on the East are RARE.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 02:29 PM
My office building shook, we could feel it in the floor and there was a vibration in the doorjambs. The ceiling fixtures, which I thought were rigid were swaying 5 or 6 inches in either direction.
My business partner grabbed her bag, said "are you coming" and left. I followed her out the door but then came back to lock up and since it had stopped by then, decided to stay.
We're on the top floor of a 110 year old brick office building in downtown NYC and I found out afterward (although it makes sense) that the more rigid the building, the more it will shake.
You can see the building if you want by googling or wikiing "Broadway Chambers Building"
Lou Sussler |
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I was in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, rather far from the center. We get earth movement in the northeast, but it's usually very close and experienced as a jolt. The extended shaking was completely novel to me. I thought there was something seriously wrong with the building I was in.
A bottle fell off a shelf and the screw top broke. Quake damage! In Wilkes-Barre!
Ken Pidcock |
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 04:52 PM
TWERPS dog barked and caused the earthquake?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Been through hurricanes (just a couple) and more tornadoes than I care to remember, but never an earthquake. *knocks on wood*
Hope any OSRR posters who live on the east coast are okay!!! Please check in and let us know as soon as you can.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Sitting on the third floor in my office in Columbia SC. I "felt" the shake... then an office worker came running down asking me if we had an earthquake!
What freaked me out was seeing friends on Twitter from NC, PA, and SC asking the exact same thing right after it happened here! I was worried it might have been something else.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 04:49 AM
As a transplant from Northern (aka "Real") California to CT, I should have recognized the shaker while working in my basement. I didn't. Never noticed it. Two kids, two huge dogs and a remodeling maven above me probably masked it.
Now, the hurricane on its way will probably be more noticeable. Humph. Should have relocated to Costa Rica like we planned...
Max Headroom |
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 06:29 AM
Twerp must be the owner of Clifford the Big Red Dog!
I was driving during the earthquake and if I felt anything, just assumed it was a rough stretch of road. We got a bit of a shake but had almost no damage.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 07:55 AM
Nah, the point of me mentioning my dog is that it was weird because he started barking right before it it. It's like the dog KNEW an earthquake was about to happen.
In case you're wondering what KIND of dog it was, he was a miniature dachshund...and I miss him :( He was one of the sweetest dogs I've ever owned.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM
It's nice that other people are commenting about the family dog.
Rock Marine |
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I'm in southern Ontario and felt nothing... some people here apparently felt little tremors, but nothing to worry about.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 01:28 PM
We had ours, first.
Why you always gotta be upstaging us?
(in case you missed it, Colorado had the biggest one in 40 years at midnight - a 5.5 - out in the boondocks - very little damage - I slept through it)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 05:08 PM
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