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I Felt the Earth Move under My Feet!

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I Felt the Earth Move under My Feet!

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I was sitting here at my desk in the study, chatting with my MPTT comods while the contractor worked next door in the study, when suddenly the floor felt like it was rippling underneath me. My first thought was, "Damn! What is he doing over there and does he realize that he's shaking the whole house?!" At right around the same time, Mike (the contractor) calls, "I think the Comcast guy is on the roof because the roof is shaking!" Except ... there was no Comcast guy. We don't even have Comcast.

And one contractor isn't going to do anything in the bathroom that makes the whole house shake either.

We had an earthquake. Turns out a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit in western Virginia, possibly the strongest recorded quake for that state. It was obviously much less than 5.9 by the time it reached us in far-northern Maryland, but as far north as Maine and as far south as South Carolina reported feeling it as well. It was ... weird. We have quakes on occasion here, but always very mild, and I've never felt one. The last one was so mild that I slept through it.

We don't have any damage but there are certainly reports of damage. (Including that the Washington Monument might have gotten shaken up a little! O.O) East-coast friends, I hope all is well.

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  • I just saw this on the news! I am so glad you are okay. I hope every-one else is too! How frightening! :(
    • So far, correspondence with local family and SCA members shows that our area got off pretty mildly, although there are apparently some cracked gas mains and the like in some areas. But we're still a ways off from the epicenter, so I hope those in the NW Virginia/DC area are okay. :(
  • I was so engrossed in a wretched scintillating document that I didn't notice it, but others in my building, particularly on the upper floors noticed it: they felt the tremor, saw overhead lights sway, and then looked outside to see traffic lights swinging back and forth.

    This excerpt from the Boston Globe made me LOL:

    Firefighters raced to 111 Devonshire St. in the downtown area to investigate reports that the building had started to lean after the tremor. But Deputy Fire Chief Richard DiBenedetto said that, according to the building manager and city inspectors, the building always looked that way.

    I'm surprised that the bees-Goldens-chickens didn't warn you! ;^)

    Edited at 2011-08-23 09:15 pm (UTC)
    • I totally LOLed at that excerpt!

      I was nerding out/hiding from the bathroom remodel in the study, talking on YIM and paying no mind to the aminals. The Goldens spent the day outside because of the remodel. Apparently, though, a little bit before the quake hit, Lance was freaking out more than usual, whining and pawing at the back door, so it seems at least one did try to say something--we just didn't listen! :D
      • Heh. I'll just indulge myself with the image of the Goldens barking, the chickens squawking, and the bees buzzing around the study window while, dedicated MPTT mod that you are, you YIMed away, unaware of the natural disaster about to unfold...

    • Oh great, I was drinking something when I read that excerpt! *sporfle*
  • We felt it here. Laura and I thought the landlady's son had dropped something.
    • I always find it amusing how we explain earthquakes to ourselves before realizing what's going on. A Comcast guy on the roof? Or, during last year's little quake, when my friend thought a tank was driving down the street.

      Yours is the most logical I've heard! :D
    • In a hilarious coincidence, I was in the back room of the manuscripts division, reading a letter from Edgar Allan Poe to an unnamed recipient where he's snarking on Brooklyn as being loud, dirty, and filled with upstarts who think too highly of themselves (in 1844!!) when the letter began to shuffle off my desk. It gave us something to yap about for the rest of the day, but in truth, it just felt like being in a building that has a subway line rumbling underneath it.
  • Yes, we felt it up here! About 1:50 PM I had finished eating lunch in the back office and was reading my book, when I suddenly felt dizzy and developed a sudden nagging headache. I came out of the room thinking that because it was very hot in there, perhaps that was the reason I suddenly felt unwell. While walking down the hallway, I felt a bit unsteady on my feet. About 15 minutes later, a colleague's daughter called to tell her there had been an earthquake in Virginia, effects felt up here!

    Last year we had one in June and I did literally feel the earth move under my feet. :/
    • I had heard that it was felt as far north as Canada--wowsa!

      The feeling of the earth moving underfoot is just weird, isn't it? It felt like the floor was rippling. I kept thinking the house was just going to slide off the foundation if it got much worse. I couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that it was actually happening, much less figure out what it was!
    • YES!!! That feeling of the floor moving under you is VERY weird! I don't want to feel it again anytime soon!

      It just reinforces my belief that we, in this part of the world, are very, very lucky, because we have had it easy compared to other places as far as extreme weather situations go. :(
      • Agreed! Although I hope I can still say that a week from now ... *winces and looks at Hurricane Irene*
        • Hurricane Irene! *shudders*
          We are not immune from extreme weather, but maybe luckier than some. :(
    • Yep, this is true---I have friends in the Toronto area who felt it. I myself did not, but I think it's because I was in a moving car at the time.
  • The earthquakes are so unpleasant and scary. The worst thing is that you know that you are absolutely helpless against the power of the planet beneath your feet...
    How did your dogs react? Were they scared?
    • After it passed and I realized what had happened, one of my first thoughts was about the earthquake in Haiti and trying to translate that weird feeling into many, many times the magnitude. It is really frightening!

      Lancelot was wigging out more than usual, about an hour before the quake. He was crying and scratching at the door, which he doesn't usually do. Afterwards, they seemed to be fine.
  • I hope no one got hurt anywhere else and I feel bad for any damage that happened (my local grocery store had some bottles break and stuff), but I have to admit it felt kind of cool here one I realized the shaking wasn't my legs and I wasn't simply just about to faint. In a way it almost felt like the ground was semi-liquid for a moment. Really makes me feel small!
    • That's a perfect way to describe it! heartofoshun also described the rolling feeling ... it did feel like the floor had liquid below it. It did feel cool but also scary, because one is so powerless against it.
  • I felt it in Louisville!

    It wasn't much-- I felt my head wobbling. Honestly, while it was going on and immediately after, my first thought was "that felt like the earthquake we had a few years ago" but I rationalized it away (brief dizziness, wobbly chair). I did some chores and then turned on the TV to see what Irene was doing to find that the Weather Channel was discussing… an earthquake.
    • The contractor got a call from his brother who felt it in Iowa, so it seems to have spread in all directions! I have this mental image of this ginormous radius of rippling earth spreading out from Mineral, VA ...
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