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And You Thought Earthquakes Happened Only in California

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:02 pm

Wrong again!

The link is to Hot Air, where the latest update from Allahpundit says there is no damage to the Washington Monument, which was earlier rumored to be tilting. I’m not monitoring this closely but perhaps commenters will keep us up to date on the latest.

83 Responses to “And You Thought Earthquakes Happened Only in California”

  1. I live in Queens, NY and my building shook for a good 20 seconds. Let me be clear, New Yorkers (until now) are just not used to this. 5.9 may be nothing to a veteran Californian, but to us, it was Northridge panic. My wife was briefly evacuated from a building on 54th St in Manhattan. Some minor damage to facades scattered around town, but otherwise we’re just really freaked out.

    East Coast Chris (c31a9b)

  2. Hey, ECC, are the Dems going to hold Weiner’s seat?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (3690ef)

  3. My bet is yes. I actually live in NY-9. The Jews in Forest Hills will turn out for Weprin, who is from local political royalty. It will be very close, though. I also expect shenanigans, so the GOP better watch the count.

    East Coast Chris (c31a9b)

  4. You can’t make this up.

    I’m an old midwest boy, took a job here in Annapolis, MD in 1985. I used to dodge tornados.

    I work in a 75,000 sq. ft. five story office building on the third floor.

    When this hit, I could feel the building shake, then the building begin to sway like a boat on the Chesapeake Bay.

    And oh, at the time, I was in the restroom, seated on the toilet with my pants down at my ankles. Since I couldn’t move anywhere quick, I had to ride it out.

    Enjoy a chuckle. I am going to pour myself a glass of scotch.


    Cheshirecat (0cd6a2)

  5. Hot Air commenter…

    “…Most government “workers” were still out in the streets an hour after the quake.”

    Does this mean they’re going to do some “honest” work?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (3690ef)

  6. FYI, I felt it. House shook. But ultimately no damage, just freaked me out at the time.

    More later when I get home…

    Aaron Worthing (d56362)

  7. Allahpundit says there is no damage to the Washington Monument, which was earlier rumored [and reported by Fox News] to be tilting.

    Something rumored to be crooked in Washington? Earth-shattering news, indeed.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  8. Someone asked whether it was leaning to the Left, or to the Right?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (3690ef)

  9. I can’t wait for DCSCA be taken back into custody by the butterfly net wielding crew. He’s escaped the Shady Acres Home for Pathological Tall Tale Telling.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  10. The Earthquake was caused by Charles Johnson’s head exploding.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  11. This one was felt as far north as Burlington, VT.

    Captain Ned (5659f5)

  12. Earth-shattering news, indeed.

    Comment by DCSCA


    Dustin (b7410e)

  13. That was a lame joke.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  14. I was out shopping and didn’t feel a thing, but when I got home all my neighbours said they felt it. But anyone who thought the East Coast doesn’t get earthquakes is a fool. The New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-12 were (or so I’ve read) the strongest in USA history. At any rate they were pretty damn strong.

    As for NY-9, I’m afraid Weprin has the edge. As East Coast Chris says, the political machines that brought out the vote for Schumer and then for Weiner will operate once again for Weprin, because they expect him to bring home the (you should pardon the expression) bacon. Turner will do a valiant job once again, but he will come short once again.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  15. It’s interesting how many Patterico commenters we have here in western Long Island (i.e. Brooklyn and Queens), though.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  16. It’s a matter of what folks are used to.

    A 5.9 quake in Los Angeles would be an annoyance to most people, but nothing to panic about. 8″ of snow in Los Angeles, however, would paralyze the city for days.

    Conversely, 8″ of snow in Virginia is probably not a big deal there. But a 5.9 quake is a major disruption.

    Chuck Bartowski (4c6c0c)

  17. I’ve never experienced an earthquake. It’s a particularly tricky tourist disaster.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  18. Captain Ned, I have friends in both Peaks Island, ME and Toronto, ON, who said they felt the quake, too. Not to mention a bunch of friends in Boston.

    Chuck: that’s about my take. A similar size earthquake here would be large enough to notice but not large enough to talk about, really. A 5.9 earthquake in VA is a major jolt.

    I’m mostly interested in the story because I’m moving to Manhattan in 8 days and I want to know how people there are reacting. :)

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  19. I felt a shaking here in an apartment building in Brooklyn. I don’t think this was two shakings. I think it was more chaotic than that. It did go on for quite a bit – much more than the Feb 2002 earthquake.

    I wrote down: ( about 5 minutes later maybe)

    1:55 PM Mild shaking – worse than Saturday morning Feb 2002 Must be an earthquake.

    I later noted: very smooth motion, side to side.

    Nothing fell by me by the way.

    I had no idea where this was – how close or how far. Of course the closer it is, the weaker the whole thing is. I was surprised to hear this was centered in Virginia, which is very far away.

    They say it was 5.8 there – later said 6.0 and still later said 5.9. In New York it was said to be equivalent to 2.2. If this is 2.2 I wonder what 6 and 7 are like.

    I estimated the time as 1:55. Later I heard 1:53 and 1:52 on WCBS Newsradio 88. Now they are saying 1:51. I think the timing given by the USGS is before anybody noticed it, and is too early for human beings.

    Among the thoughts I had when this happened, and this mild but definite shaking went on for quite a while, besides the fact that this was obviuously an earthquake which I voiced, (based on my experience in February 2002) the only other time recently when there was an earthquake in New York (I think there was one in 1936) that if this had been closer to September 2001 (and I guess we can also say near the anniversary this year) people would think this could be a terrorist attack, but it looks like nobody did.

    People only wondered if they really were feeling something or they knew this was an earthquake.

    Cell phones went out in DC, all sorts of people wanted to leave buildings. This is a problem. What people do after something makes the ramifications of anything that happens much worse.

    By 4:10 PM (probably earlier) an aftereshock with a foprce of 2.8 on the Richter scale (at its epicenter presumably) had been reported, indicating that this was not a preshoick to a greater earthquake, so everything should be all right for a while.

    Sammy Finkelman (d3daeb)

  20. You had Citi Field (where there wass an auto show) evacuated. No reason.

    By the way I did hear a few sirens, but am not sure there was a connection. There was no real cause to have any vehicles traveling with sirens on.

    Sammy Finkelman (d3daeb)

  21. Re: Post #5.

    Hey you guys and gals: How many of you thought about passing away on the privy?

    It was really freakly.


    Cheshirecat (0cd6a2)

  22. NOT an Earthquake, The American People finally put their foot down…all at once!

    pitchforkntorches (538de5)

  23. @#9- Someone asked whether it was leaning to the Left, or to the Right?

    It really depends on your point of view… doesn’t it.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  24. here in an apartment building in Brooklyn

    We should really have some sort of Brooklyn Pattericans thingy. Queens people can come too. And happyfeet.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  25. Tommy Christopher, beclowns himself yet again.

    ian cormac (996c34)

  26. I never experienced an earthquake.

    So I take it you never met Michael Moore?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  27. Too bad the entire roof doesn’t cave in during the next State of the Union. Talk about reality TV.

    S. Carter aka J-Z (786e37)

  28. S. Carter: really? You think the roof of the capital caving in during the SOTU is something to *hope for*?

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  29. Chuck

    actually 8 inches of snow would be a moderately big deal to us, too.

    but i get what you mean.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  30. Maybe Spartac is too busy watching American Dad to grace us with his debut.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  31. anyway, here’s my report from the front likes of…


    For me, I was at home getting over being sick and about to go to the doctors, when suddenly the whole house started vibrating. i was upstairs, and for half a second i thought it was just a truck going by, but as it kept going i was thinking, besides, “what the hell?!” that maybe it was a bomb, or a plane crash, or reflecting my texan experience, maybe a tornado.

    So i ran to the front door, listened for a moment and looked for signs of any of the above, and then opened the door. everything was completely normal and there was no wind. i walked out and i suddenly felt nothing.

    So i went back inside and after about five more seconds it just stopped. it probably was about 30 seconds total.

    It didn’t even knock anything over, it just shook us.

    So then i went to a dr’s appointment, and needless to say everyone was freaked out. The phone lines were not working, most likely due to everyone in the region suddenly calling everyone they knew to check on them. For the first time in my life, I attempted to send a text message, and it was apparently worthless.

    Email did a little better.

    The wifey, meanwhile, was on the 6th floor of an office building. and that was shaking something awful, she said. everyone just ran the hell out.

    i have seen an early report saying that a building did collapse on PA avenue, and in general it sounds like it was worse in downtown DC but it wasn’t too bad, here.

    Btw, at the doctor’s office they said i was the first person to have normal blood pressure since the quake. the poor nurse herself was still shaking when i got there.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  32. Quakes are racist straight up.

    /Charles Johnsonless

    DohBiden (d54602)

  33. no damage to the Washington Monument, which was earlier rumored to be tilting.

    just as long as it doesn’t tilt to the left…

    ColonelHaiku (8211ab)

  34. Earthquake Hits East Coast… Women and Minorities Most Affected.

    ColonelHaiku (8211ab)

  35. This just in… lame-ass blogger known as Spurtacvs found crushed to death in bowels of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. A drunken Ed Shultz was taken into custody.

    ColonelHaiku (8211ab)

  36. The earthquake was Bush’s fault 😉

    DohBiden (d54602)

  37. spurty is blogger?

    i thought he was just an ankle biter.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  38. Washington DC
    The minute Obamas gone
    Shake, rattle and roll

    Pious Agnostic (6048a8)

  39. No Aaron he is a annual recipient of Charles Johnsons teabagging.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  40. Was walking back from a late lunch, on grass beside road. This was just north of Alexandria. Didn’t feel a thing. Saw people pour out of buildings and had to ask what was going on.

    Worst part: Metro single tracked home and running 15mph. I ended up walking most of it. Two hours. At least it was pleasant out.

    Dan S (a68935)

  41. Breaking News:
    It’s just been established by the administration that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure faultline, apparently known as “Bush’s Fault”.

    in_awe (44fed5)

  42. Earthquake Hype
    You may have heard there was an earthquake centered in central Virginia today. If you have not heard, you have not watched TV, heard the radio or read a newspaper today.

    Let me share my personal experience as a resident of Eastern Virginia. I didn’t notice it until another person in my office mentioned it. I walked over to her office and noticed that her computer screen was wiggling.

    And that is the devastating earthquake that is dominating the national news today. Tempest in a teapot doesn’t begin to describe it.

    Moneyrunner (8f100c)

  43. FWIW-
    I heard a geologist-caller say that while a 5.9 quake is a 5.9 quake is a 5.9 quake, that the underlying rock/soil on the East coast is different than the West coast, and the intensity of a quake is transmitted farther and more efficiently in the east. So, the 5.9 is still a 5.9, but 200 miles away on the east coast will be felt more than 200 miles away on the west coast- so he said.

    Living in a 100+ year old house that always gives me surprises when I start a repair job, my first thought was wondering what part of the house was spontaneously collapsing!! I was relieved to find out it wasn’t my house, after all.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  44. 8″ of snow…
    I think we’ve seen that 8″ of snow is pretty devastating in places that have incompetent mayors; ie, DC, NYC, Chicago.

    Colonel, if the Washington Monument is leaning to the Left, you need to walk around to the other side.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (3690ef)

  45. I know some liberals who are not leftys.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  46. Liberalism in europe is not the same as USA liberalism.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  47. I exited the front door in a bath towel and a hurry.

    In fairness I thought the house was being crushed by a large tree.

    sarahW (af7312)

  48. Now men in Sarah’s neighborhood will begin plotting how to fell a tree on her house next time she gets in the shower.

    MayBee (081489)

  49. I did have to laugh at the Daily Callers’ headline: “The Quake Felt ’round the Country.”

    Well, actually, no. But I am happy that no one seems to be hurt and the damage was minimal.

    Ag80 (9a213d)

  50. 0.8″ of snow is enough to devastate this area. Or at least cause mass hysteria.

    In fact, I think I’ve only seen one bona fide snow storm in my life.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  51. _________________________________________________

    The New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-12 were (or so I’ve read) the strongest in USA history.

    FWIW, what is now the United States saw 2 huge earthquakes in the years of 1811 and 1812, separated in time by not too many months.

    I used to think New Madrid and Wrightwood — time-wise and location-wise — was a scenario that could only exist in the overactive imaginations of Hollywood screenwriters.

    Wrightwood Earthquake

    TIME: December 8, 1812 / mid-morning
    LOCATION: uncertain; probably on the San Andreas fault near Wrightwood
    MAGNITUDE: MW 7.5 (estimated)

    Often referred to as the San Juan Capistrano earthquake, due to the death toll from the quake at that famous mission, the exact location and size of this earthquake are unknown, but based upon evidence from sediments along and tree-rings of pines growing near the San Andreas fault, this quake has been identified as one along the Mojave segment of the San Andreas, possibly resulting in as much as 170 km (106 miles) of surface rupture — roughly, that length of the fault between Tejon Pass and Cajon Pass — with a theorized epicenter near Wrightwood.

    As mentioned above, this quake is remembered for its death-toll: 40 people, all Native Americans, attending mass at San Juan Capistrano were killed when the mortar in the church walls failed and the church collapsed. That even a magnitude 7.5 on the San Andreas fault could have such dire consequences on a structure as far away from the fault as the mission church seems unusual, but it was reported that the construction of the church was of dubious quality.

    Some damage associated with this earthquake may have also been reported at Mission San Gabriel, and even in San Diego, but records from this time are poor, and accounts uncertain, so this damage may actually have been caused by the December 21 earthquake, mentioned below.

    The December 21, 1812 Earthquake

    Another damaging earthquake occurred in southern California in the month of December, 1812, potentially triggered by the Wrightwood quake two weeks earlier that month. The epicenter of this one, too, is of uncertain location. Because of the widespread damage it caused, it was probably as large as magnitude 7. It is probable that the epicenter was located offshore, possibly in the Santa Barbara channel, but an inland epicenter, somewhere in present-day Santa Barbara County, or even Ventura County, cannot be ruled out.

    This earthquake destroyed the church at Mission Santa Barbara, and caused near-total destruction at Mission Purisma Concepcion, near present-day Lompoc, causing that site to be abandoned, and a new Mission Purisma built several miles north. At Mission Santa Inez, damage was considerable, but not as severe as that at Santa Barbara or Mission Purisma. A seismic sea wave connected with this earthquake may have been responsible for damaging a Spanish ship at anchor 61 km (38 miles) from Santa Barbara.

    ^ BTW, there is one website that has a fairly good track record of foreseeing such events, and earlier this year even predicted unusual quake activity in America. I’m always wrestling with innate skepticism when it comes to such things.

    Around the same time, that site also predicted a huge quake would hit Japan. Again, I always take such things with a grain of salt. So when I awoke on that morning in March and switched on the news, I felt like I was in some kind of strange parallel universe.

    That same website has been buzzing for at least a year about a huge earthquake to strike California. My innate level of skepticism is being shaken up and put to the test.

    Mark (411533)

  52. “Now men in Sarah’s neighborhood will begin plotting how to fell a tree on her house next time she gets in the shower.”

    MayBee – Revving a chainsaw and yelling TIIIMBERRRR a possibility?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  53. Earthquake, smerfquake what’s the big deal??

    From a Californian’s perspective you really gotta watch out for the aftershocks, they can be deadly!!

    SacTownMan (ac3c88)

  54. Earthquakes are caused by overpopulating the world with infidel babies quick abort yourselves into demographic hell before Gaias head explodes

    /Sarcasm off

    DohBiden (d54602)

  55. But anyone who thought the East Coast doesn’t get earthquakes is a fool. The New Madrid earthquakes in 1811-12 were (or so I’ve read) the strongest in USA history. – Milhouse

    True dat… but it was no where near the east coast. It was in New Madrid, Tennessee.

    The earthquake was so powerful it sent geysers of sand 50ft into the air. It rang church bells in Boston. For awhile it reversed the flow of water in the Mississippi river.

    I live in Philly and I have to say, this was all a big disappointment. I didn’t feel anything. Nobody around here felt anything.

    quiznilo (6151d2)

  56. Just had a little bitty one here (3.6), about an hour ago. According to the USGS, the epicenter was right underneath my house, which is probably the only reason I noticed it.

    We Californians are pretty blase about quakes, unless buildings start toppling.

    Dave Surls (8363ad)

  57. I felt something (?) here in NC (close to the VA line)…had no clue until later that it was an earthquake, however. I just thought it was one of the dogs flopping around.

    My brother, who lives in Manassas, VA called me and asked if we felt the quake (and I was all “huh?”)

    So, either I missed it, confused the quake for the dogs, or the dogs bouncing all over the house out quaked the quake *shrugs*

    ppk_pixie (901c40)

  58. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Colorado’s and Virginia’s quakes, both at least 5.5, along similar latitude lines, and are on mining (fracking?) sites. Soooo that must mean…….. it’s Obama’s fault.

    tifosa (d97af0)

  59. I exited the front door in a bath towel and a hurry.

    Nice zeugma.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  60. Tifosa’s streak of 100% asshattery remains intact.

    JD (af0807)

  61. Awwww JD, you doggin me dude? I’m flattered! :^)

    tifosa (d97af0)

  62. sky come tumbling down
    tifosa’s choking chicken
    he feel the Earth move

    ColonelHaiku (8211ab)

  63. tifosa had one
    too many mimosa and
    m00nbat crash and burn
    Comment by ColonelHaiku — 8/7/2011 @ 12:44 pm
    Sorry, my fave Col. :)

    tifosa (d97af0)

  64. but I can spell “you’re…” doh!

    tifosa (d97af0)

  65. tifosa suffer
    from the anorexia
    nervosa of brain

    ColonelHaiku (8211ab)

  66. “I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that Colorado’s and Virginia’s quakes, both at least 5.5, along similar latitude lines, and are on mining (fracking?) sites.”

    tifosa – Be on the lookout for an outbreak of STD’s as well. Side effect of fracking according to one Dem rep.

    Is there any evil fracking does not cause?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  67. What’s the latitude got to do with anything? The planet is not actually arranged by latitude. That’s artificial, and the two quakes are not on similar geological structures.

    The fracking conspiracy is predictable.

    Dustin (b7410e)

  68. You’re gonna have to do better than that.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  69. Anyways I’m glad Qaddaffi was gone but I have a feeling the people who replace him will be worse.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  70. Comment by quiznilo — 8/23/2011 @ 11:34 pm

    Actually, New Madrid is in MO, across the Mississippi River from KY.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (016c4c)

  71. What could go wrong, Doh, realize what they predict, is exactly the opposite of what happened at Tuweitha

    (Reuters) — A research center near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a “dirty bomb,” a former senior U.N. inspector said on Wednesday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.

    ian cormac (0bd903)

  72. It was only a matter of time before…


    Spartacvs (2d9449)

  73. “It was only a matter of time before…”

    Spvrty – a moonbat claimed the earthquake was caused by fracking. Sorry, someone of your ilk already posted a crazy theory and beat you to it.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  74. BWAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahhaaaaaaaaa….

    The Weather Channel says yesterdays east coast earthquake
    was caused by an unknown fault line running under D.C. and
    through Virginia. It is now being called Obama’s Fault,
    though Obama will say it’s really Bush’s Fault.

    Another theory is that it was the founding fathers rolling over
    in their graves, but I believe what we all thought was an
    earthquake was actually the effects of a 14.6 trillion
    dollar check bouncing in Washington.

    Wait, no… *sob*.

    Smock Puppet, Facepalm Expert (c9dcd8)

  75. Just like Rachel Carson was instrumental in banning DDT in africa. I think enviroturds will get fracking banned in USA.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  76. also she banned it in USA too.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  77. Suggesting that the earthquake was caused by fracking is genuinely nutty. There is no physical mechanism that could produce such an effect. But what’s nutty about suggesting that an Act of God is, in fact, an act of God? If the earth trembles, is that not its Maker’s doing? When the lights flicker, maybe it’s time to check whether the electricity bill’s been paid.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  78. Milhouse

    > Suggesting that the earthquake was caused by fracking is genuinely nutty.

    Okay, I admit it, my wife and I were fraking at the time, and we caused it. My bad.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  79. You gotta love the cluelessness of the adherents of “The Religion of Peace”:

    “…Such a little earthquake that measured 6.0 has terrified the tyrant American people and forced them to leave their houses and places of work…”,

    unlike in places such as Iran, where the people would not leave their “houses” since those houses would have collapsed upon them.
    H/T- Daily Caller

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (8ef02d)

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