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Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by Loretto on 23 August 2011 8:07pm
5.9 Earthquake in Richmond Va.


Hope Patty is alright! We are hearing reports of aftershocks being felt in Massachusetts.

We didn't feel a thing here in Connecticut!

Last Earthquake to hit Va. was May 5th 1897
Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by sighthound on 24 August 2011 10:21am
As a native Californian, I can't help but be amused by the incredible amount of press that a mere 5.9 earthquake has caused. But, of course, we are prepared here so I really shouldn't be so smug. (Bad me!)

Yes, unnecessary damage was caused because people thought "it couldn't happen here" but seismic activity can occur anyplace in the world. If anyone is concerned, I can give you info that you can use to get youself as safe as possible. My earthquake roots go deep. My father went through the disastrous 1933 Long Beach quake. They didn't have running water available for many weeks. I have some actually amusing stories about the Northridge quake which my neighbors and I were prepared for but we had to calm down a neighbor who was a recent immigrant from New York.

If an earthquake doesn't kill you in the first minute or so, it is totally survivable. I would never trade my West Coast earthquakes for East Coast hurricanes or mid-West tornados.
Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by suzulu on 24 August 2011 11:59am
A friend in New York City felt the earthquake.

We had one in England a few years ago - epicentre in Lincolnshire. It was 5.2. I actually felt it in London a little bit as I was still awake at that time.

Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by suzulu on 24 August 2011 12:01pm
Just read this article (instead of working, LOL!):

Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by Loretto on 24 August 2011 2:47pm
We live inland in CT, about 2 miles from the beach. They felt it all along the shoreline and I95 corridor, I never felt a thing.

You are right Geraldine, there was only earthquake coverage all evening! I guess nothing else of importance was happening in the world yesterday!?!?
Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by tucsonmike on 25 August 2011 2:50am
I lived in Virginia for four years and know where the epicenter of the quake was. It is forty miles NW of Richmond in Louisa County near the North Anna Power Plant of Virginia Power.
I was in California during an earthquake in June, 2005 (A month before I joined Palins). I was with my parents staying with my Dad's cousins. Mom and I were up first and we felt something funny. Mom said, "I think we just had an earthquake." I said, "I think you are right."
When my cousins came down, they laughed and Cousin Don said, "If the quake is less than a five, we don't even react" There were aftershocks during breakfast and the butter knife kept jumping out of the butter dish. The epicenter was where our friends live in Murrieta, California.
No, the East Coast is not accustomed to these events.
Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by Ken Dunn on 11 September 2011 11:52pm
Mag 6.7 in Vancouver Island 2 days ago - are you OK LT?
Re: Earthquake 5.9 Virginia by Ken Dunn on 17 September 2011 8:41am
Japan is getting big ones again - 3 over mag 6 and 8 others over mag 4 in the past 3 days.

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