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2011 East Coast Earthquake

An earthquake that occurred in Virginia on August 23, 2011

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Aug 26, 2011
A fairly minor Earthquake, all things considered, which could have been a lot worse. While it wasn't noticeable up where I live, some of my family members in Pennsylvania could feel it. Personally, I'm more worried about the Hurricane which is hitting us this weekend.
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August 26, 2011
Well, you know us Californians, anything around a 5 is a regular day in CA. I'm also worried much more about the hurricane headed your way. I hope you stay dry and safe. Perhaps, it's because we don't get those out here, so it's more scary to me! I guess that's why the earthquake is so scary to the East Coasters....
August 26, 2011
I don't think it's so much scary as that it's just more surprising. You don't expect them and as such people aren't really prepared for it. But yes, between the West Coast's Earthquakes, the Mid West's tornadoes, and the East Coast's hurricanes, I'd go for the tornado. I have an oddly romantic idea about what it would be like to get sucked up into the sky by a tornado. Guess I'm just weird that way.
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August 26, 2011
Or you just reeeaaaallllly like Wizard of Oz ;p
August 26, 2011
Well, there is that! LOL!
More 2011 East Coast Earthquake reviews
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2011
This is the type we should have. Basically some things fell off the shelves but damage was minimal. Thankfully I have not heard of any fatalities. The nuclear plant was spared. Here in New York I was at my desk and my chair was bucking like I was on a horse and my monitor was swaying. My one concern was those overhead ceiling tiles falling on my head. Overall a day to talk about but a non-event.
Quick Tip by . August 24, 2011
A blessing in disguise, I'd say. Luckily for everyone, no permanent damage as of now. Definitely a sign that Washington is shaky... what an irony! In any case, it's a reminder not to take life for granted and that no earthquake can hit your area. Anything can happen!
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A magnitude 5.8 (Mw) intraplate earthquake occurred in the U.S. state of Virginia on August 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM EDT (17:51 UTC). The focus was 60 km (40 mi) northwest of Richmond and 8 km (5 mi) from the town of Mineral, Virginia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake reportedly occurred along the Spotsylvania Fault, an ancient fault-line that now sits in the middle of the North American plate. Three aftershocks of magnitudes 2.8, 2.2 and 4.2 occurred within hours of the main tremor.

The quake was the eastern United States' most powerful since an 1897 quake centered in Giles County, Virginia, which reached magnitude 5.9 (Mw), according to the USGS.
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