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Forum topic by rance posted 08-23-2011 08:39 PM 1355 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rance

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08-23-2011 08:39 PM

We just experienced an earthquake here in Central VA. We are ok. Different reports, but maybe a 5.8/5.9 or thereabouts. Felt as far away as NY.

I’m upstairs in a 1932 house. It started rumbling and shaking. I ran across the hall and screamed for my son and I to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. By the time we got out, it pretty much settled down. It probably lasted 30-45 seconds. The funkiest thing I’ve ever been through.

It gives us all something to talk about today. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--


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#1 posted 08-23-2011 08:47 PM

My office is on the 5th floor in Rockville MD. It was pretty cool. Nothing crazy like books falling or anything. But the window blinds were swaying a bit.

It was funny listening to everyone’s first comments.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rance

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 08:51 PM

Epicenter was aparently in Mineral, VA(northwest of Richmond).

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 08:54 PM

Felt it in Charlotte, NC. Just a little wiggling in the chair. But you could hear the building rattling a little about a minute before.

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 08:59 PM

What’s that big fault – maybe the Appalachians – that’s suppose to be a real doozy but rarely has any activity except every few hundred years? I hope this ain’t a possible sign that ones going to blow.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rance

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 09:01 PM

So having not ever been around EQ’s, how long for the aftershock? And I assume they are much smaller.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 09:19 PM

The fault I must be talking about is the one below. The last time it occurred was 200 years ago and it changed a lot of things about the continent. “New Madrid fault line straddling Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, in a dangerous patch that spreads outwards all the way to the South Carolina coast.”

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 09:35 PM

Felt it all the way up here in New Haven CT … where i was in an elevator heading to the 5th floor of a hospital.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 08-23-2011 11:22 PM

The bigger the quake the bigger the aftershocks. That size of a quake you will only really have a few smaller ones for the next few days to a week. Probably not much bigger than 3s to 4s. I was in the middle of the “94” Northridge quake in LA, what a ride that was.

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#9 posted 08-23-2011 11:30 PM

Felt it here, near Gettysburg, PA. Was working in the shop. Felt the saw vibrate and saw all of the jig/templates hanging from the ceiling joists swinging! Cool! Stronger than the one we felt once in California.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 08-23-2011 11:41 PM

Didn’t feel a thing! LOL

Quakes that low… just the normal shaker… around here… Got to get into 6’s to really get noticed… LOL

Rance, glad y’all are OK!

The first thing I thought of was… WOW… not a very strong one…

BUT, they have a lot of Brick buildings… they crumble very easily in earthquakes…

Glad you’re OK!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 08-23-2011 11:43 PM

I am in Richmond and things were shaking real good. It shook bad enough to started our Regulator Clock that is still hanging on the wall that has not run in about three years. It did not break anything, but it also started one of the Air conditioners in the shop with the remote. It was a little scary to say the least.

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#12 posted 08-23-2011 11:46 PM

glad everyone is ok too

maybe that guy in california
bought a better calculator

for the rhapsody

there sure are some STRANGE people in the world

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Paul Lajoie

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#13 posted 08-24-2011 01:30 AM

We felt it here in Western Mass. Wasn’t sure what it was at first, then I noticed the lights and wiring hanging from the ceiling swaying. Figured it wasn’t someone driving a fork truck! Biggest one I’ve felt.

Paul

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#14 posted 08-24-2011 01:33 AM

I was in my office on the 7th floor of a building in newport news va. Shook real good. On the 7th floor, the building was bending like a blade of grass in the wind. We had to evacuate the building. Nobody got hurt. Just a few of my books fell of their shelves..

-- Yves

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#15 posted 08-24-2011 02:08 AM

CA here. Heard about it on the radio. 5.9? Yawn!!! – lol

Sounds like there were no injuries and little property damage. That’s a good thing. They can be really freaky if you aren’t used to them.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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