My entire house was shaking just outside of DC in Maryland...I thought a plane was going to crash into the house and then I realized what it was and we all ran outside. Now I have to go and look for damage because the house shook that bad :(
I felt it too, and i live in Buffalo NN and my whole house started shaking, and even stuff fell off my wall, but i also live on a fault line so its really not uncommon for us to get earthquakes but we usually dont, this is 2 years in a row for Buffalo NY.
Totally bizarre ... one side of street felt something and others felt nothing ... guess it depended where your "earth" is along the fault and tremor zone .. but to be felt so far North to this degree is so rare in the NE.
Is California laughing at us for overeacting LOL ???
CA is indeed laughing. But you know what, living just outside of DC I thought a plane was getting ready to hit my house or a bomb went off and that another terrorist attack was happening. Bet the CA people don't think that when the earth rattles! And yes...that stupid Irene is making a beeline for the entire East Coast. Better get that lawn furniture in before they become projectiles!
I didn't feel anything here in Georgia, but have friends in Virginia who felt it. One said things rattled off the shelves and she watched their vehicles bouncing. Another friend was in NC on the coast and felt it as well, she didn't know it had been centered in Virginia. A friend of mine was on the phone with a friend of hers at the time it happened. The woman was walking down the road (excercising) and all of the sudden she was like "it feels like the sky is coming at me" it was the road moving. Can you imagine how strange that would have felt?
Hope no one minds me jumping in here. I'm from Cali and although your quake would have been minor here I can imagine it was very scary. the reason it was felt so far away is the ground is not broken up like it is here so the vibration will travel further.. our building bridges roads and even homes have been retrograded to earthquake standards.. I myself worried for you all for you do not have these regulations in place and many many towns on the east coast have brick buildings. Remember under a heavy desk a doorway holding both sides with your hands and where you have cross beams that support the structure. if telephone poles and such outside do not run out there.. I'm glad no lives were lost and hope you do not experience anothe.. lesa
Sorry, but as a person from California, it is kind of funny to see everyone freak out over this earth quake. Someone posted above that they ran outside when the earthquake happened, but that's actually not what you are supposed to do. You are supposed to find a strongly structured area(not in a door way - door can swing and hit you, but under a good desk or table) and take cover there, inside the building. We had an earth quake in Calif a couple years ago in which only one person was seriously injured and it was an older man who tried to run outside during the earth quake and he got hit by falling debris from his roof. Don't run outside during an earthquake, it's just not a good idea. I would actually take an earth quake over tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, or any other natural natural 'disaster' any day and I've been through some big earthquakes in my life time. Hope everyone is doing well.
Well I think the east cost already has the hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards covered...we don't need the earthquakes too! Check back with us next week and we'll let you know whether Irene hammered us or not. If it turns into another Isabel, I'm going to cry. No power for a week, no running water, no plumbing, and debris all over the place. Ugh.....
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