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Jorge P
08-23-2011, 07:21 PM
I was searching the web when I noticed my desk swaying back and forth. I looked all around it to see what was moving it. Then I felt myself moving back and forth.

It don't happen too often here in NY but the news just said the Pentagon evacuated.

I am going to keep an eye on my desk for the next few hours since it alerted me. I can't imagine how all you's in California have to deal with quakes when they hit there.

Martin_H
08-23-2011, 07:23 PM
We felt it in Boston too. My building lurched twice about ten seconds apart.

mindrobots
08-23-2011, 07:24 PM
Felt it!
Our building shook a bit ....and squeaked....the squeaking wasn't comforting!

Details:



Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude5.9
Date-TimeTuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:03 UTC
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM at epicenter
Location37.975N, 77.969W
Depth1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
RegionVIRGINIA
Distances45 km (27 miles) E of Charlottesville, Virginia
55 km (34 miles) SW of Fredericksburg, Virginia
64 km (39 miles) NW of RICHMOND, Virginia
82 km (50 miles) NNE of Farmville, Virginia
Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 10.9 km (6.8 miles);
depth +/- 7.4 km (4.6 miles)
ParametersNST=390, Nph=390, Dmin=57.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 47,


M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
SourceMagnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDusc0005ild

earthquake.usgs.gov if you want to see any more.

Jorge P
08-23-2011, 07:27 PM
@mindrobots
Thanks for those links and all the data from USGS

Publison
08-23-2011, 07:30 PM
Interesting..I'm on the coast of CT between NY and Boston and didn't feel a thing. Have to look at the seismic readouts from around the state.

iDave
08-23-2011, 07:39 PM
I'm in Houston and I fell out of my chair ...

(non-earthquake related though)

ElectricAye
08-23-2011, 07:49 PM
Tell them how you feel:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0005ild/us/index.html

Publison
08-23-2011, 07:57 PM
We felt it in Boston too. My building lurched twice about ten seconds apart.

USGS doesn't show anything in the Boston area. Are you just it wasn't the Big Dig collapsing again? :)

Martin_H
08-23-2011, 08:29 PM
USGS doesn't show anything in the Boston area. Are you just it wasn't the Big Dig collapsing again? :)

My building is right over one of the tunnels, and there's a void forming under one of them due to subsidence. So when we felt the shake one co-worker said "do you think the tunnel collapsed?"

Kevin Wood
08-23-2011, 08:35 PM
I felt it here in northwestern MA.

Rayman
08-23-2011, 08:39 PM
Felt it big time here in DC... I'm kinda surprised there's no reported damage anywhere...

erco
08-23-2011, 08:50 PM
A 5.9?

We don't even call that an earthquake out here in LA. :)

But that's pretty big doins' back there. I grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Now they have it all. Heat, humidity and earthquakes.

davejames
08-23-2011, 08:51 PM
I can't imagine how all you's in California have to deal with quakes when they hit there.

It just makes life a little more interesting...save for the death & destruction part. Fortunately, that aspect doesn't happen to often.

Anything below a 4.0 is "what was that? A mow-skee-tow?".
Between 5 and 6, people take notice.
Low to mid 6's and things start moving.
Mid to high 6's and it's "Katie, bar the door!"
7's and up? A roller coaster ride and potential new beach front property!!!

Jorge P
08-23-2011, 09:11 PM
@electricAye

I tried that after I found it but the form is disabled. returns an error when you click submit. Guess they are a bit jammed up at the moment

Publison
08-24-2011, 01:04 AM
Thinking back, I might have been on the road at that time, so it probably just felt like another New England pothole at the time.

Darn! I missed my first earthquake experience .

@erco..Please keep your 6+ groundshakers on the left coast. :)

Ravenkallen
08-24-2011, 02:19 AM
I didn't feel anything up here, even though my family and friends say they did... Mhh

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
08-24-2011, 02:59 AM
Now they have it all. Heat, humidity and earthquakes. ...

Don't forget the other "H" word -- comin' atcha! Good night! It's Irene!

-Phil

erco
08-24-2011, 04:21 PM
When our road bike rides turn ugly, we joke about joining the "4-H" club: heat, hills, headwinds & humidity. But Irene could well be the start of the 5H club...

Tracy Allen
08-24-2011, 04:35 PM
We had one last night here in Berkeley CA, magnitude 3.6 at 11:36pm and a 2.3 at 11:41, epicenter about 18 miles south of our house. A quick shake. We had been talking with my sister earlier in the evening about how they came from Michigan to visit, and they'd be heading back home without experiencing a temblor.

ctwardell
08-24-2011, 05:26 PM
I was at a client site in Cincinnati, we felt it there, was just a mild rocking feeling.

C.W.

Mark_T
08-25-2011, 03:59 PM
A couple of years ago we had a small quake here in the UK, I felt (and heard) the initial p-wave (I initially thought a truck or bus had hit the end of the terrace!)

I didn't notice any swaying afterwards from the s-waves (where I am is on greensand, a relatively hard rock for the area). However I was on an office chair with wheels which may have isolated me! I don't think it was nearly as big as this one, possibly just a 5.0 I believe and 100 miles from the epicentre, but a rare event here too.

I agree with one of the posters that hearing the walls creak and groan is disconcerting especially when masonry...