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A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the eastern seaboard at approximately 1:51 PM EST, today, August 23, 2011. Tremors were felt from a Martha’s Vineyard golf course (where U.S. president Barack Obama is currently playing a round) through South Carolina, among other places.
The Pentagon and other buildings in the DC area were evacuated and air and train travel have been disrupted.
Meanwhile, Californian’s are likely enjoying a good chuckle at the east coast panic.
Minor injuries have been reported.
Learn more about the Virgina quake, view the stats and watch the video, after the jump!
Panic and confusion were felt by many following the 5.8 earthquake that struck Virginia this afternoon and was felt throughout the east coast; and some in Ohio are saying they felt it, too. Unlike our west coast brethren, those in the east are not used to such large temblors and fear the worst when buildings start shaking.
Folks tend to lean toward blowing us up in the east! While no picnic, a quake is a relief compared to a bombing, or even the real threat of one.
A fire department in the District of Columbia reported many injuries, but none serious so far. Damage reports are not available but are expected to be minimal.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake, which was previously reported measuring 5.9, was half a mile deep and centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Charleston, S.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated.
Chairman of earth and environmental sciences at Rutgers-Newark, Alexander Gates, said aftershocks should be minor. He is also a noted earthquake expert, saying:
“That was pretty good, huh? I was impressed,” Gates said. “You don’t get earthquakes like that so often on the East Coast.”
Although others say they felt the ground shaking at the golf course while Obama was playing, the president said he didn’t feel it at all.
Washington area residents are used to politicians being the region’s movers and shakers, so it was a surprise when the earth below shook. The earthquake rattled windows and jostled dishes but apparently caused no serious damage. President Barack Obama told reporters he didn’t feel it.
Seriously, we shouldn’t be surprised at the shock and panic felt by so many that were affected by today’s 5.8 Virginia quake. It’s close to the tenth (10nth) anniversary of 9/11 and we have all been warned of a repeat. Anything out of the ordinary is highly suspect, and strong east coast quakes are quite rare.
What are your thoughts on earthquakes? Mother Nature, Biblical, man-made? Just part of life?
Oh hell—with this being the worst quake DC has felt in more than 30 years, we all know there will probably be a press conference announcing that today’s magnitude 5.8 Virginia earthquake was caused by none other than George W. Bush. Or Sarah Palin. Oh wait—almost forgot—-everything that’s gone wrong lately is the fault of the Tea Party!
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section beneath the video, and don’t forget, we should all be counting our blessings right now. Thankfully, this quake has not seriously injured anyone and no major damage has been, or is expected to be reported.
Details provided by USGS.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:04 UTC
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:04 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 37.936°N, 77.933°W
Depth 6 km (3.7 miles)
8 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
11 km (7 miles) SSE (148°) from Louisa, VA
29 km (18 miles) NE (45°) from Columbia, VA
61 km (38 miles) NW (317°) from Richmond, VA
135 km (84 miles) SW (217°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth +/- 3.1 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 22, Nph= 23, Dmin=50 km, Rmss=0.44 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
Southeast U.S. Seismic Network
Event ID se082311a
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.