Earthquake felt in NYC

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  1. JohnDeere19
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    Anyone else feel it?
     
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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=14364641

    A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.
     
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    Yes.. didn't realize it. Thought I was dizzy for some reason. Then saw it on Yahoo!
     
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    I was in one in Tokyo about a month or two ago and this felt exactly the same. Thought someone pushed my chair and then realized the entire building was moving.
     
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    Living in the west and being from VA I find it kind of funny that everyone is freaking out - just like snow storms. Anyway, I hope nothing is seriously damaged. Heard that EWR just closed. Any more travel impact?
     
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    In NYC, not sure I felt anything, but a colleague just pointed out that she did think there was a slight tremor.
     
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    Not exactly a little one at 5.8-5.9. Definitely scary for those working in 20+ story buildings that aren't at all prepared for this kind of thing.
     
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    Trust me to learn about an earthquake on MP rather than on CNN or NYT :)
     
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    Interesting, one friend said he didn't feel anything but most have said that they did.
     
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    Felt it fairly strong in downtown DC, enough that I sat under my desk for a few seconds.

    Poor coordination as the buildings cleared out, with everyone standing right outside/alongside all the buildings on the sidewalk – I assume that’s not the best place to be.
     
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    Come on...CNN?...TWITTER!
     
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    Nothing like Tokyo where they have evacuation routes and the like.
     
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    NEW YORK — Buildings in New York City shook briefly Tuesday afternoon as an earthquake originating in Virginia rattled the ground.

    Government buildings in the city, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. Court officers weren't letting people back in.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/APf3e8e09b7d154ca8a5b0e649271ad001.html
     
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    I hate emergency preparedness around here, which basically means the government has a plan but they don't let the public know what it is.

    I work in DC (used to be MD) but my wife works in VA. There is no way to figure out where each of us would end up if there were a true capital area evacuation - one could guess based on major roads but... Makes it sort of hard to make plans to meet up somewhere in the case of a major event...
     
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    Totally understand. My family has been there for over 20 years without feeling a quake even once.
    Phone circuits are really busy, but social media is an avenue to get a hold of people if you need. Lots of building evacuations in DC and VA. Be careful everyone.
     
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    Growing up in Japan, Hawaii, and California, I always enjoy seeing people experience their first earthquake (as long as it's nothing major). I have many friends in DC and my Facebook news feed is very interesting at the moment. :cool:
     
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    Agree, I have no idea if NYC even has anything remotely close to this. Kinda puts things in perspective...
     
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    FAA grounds flights in NYC, PHL, WAS according to CNBC.
     
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    Apparently NYC is back up.
     
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    I just felt the need to post this comic:
    http://xkcd.com/723/

    For what it's worth, I'm in southern CT. I work in a basement so I didn't feel a thing. My co-workers who work on higher floors felt it.
     
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    Was working from home today in South Jersey when it happened, quite a little scare. My entire house was shaking for about 15-20 seconds. Took me a minute to realize what had happened. :eek:
     
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    I was amazed at how long it took me to figure out what was actually going on. I'm sure it was only a second at most, but it felt much longer than that.
     
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    I'm about 80 miles from the epicenter. Definitely felt it. I'm from California so it felt like home. :)
     
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    I was having lunch with a client in Malvern, PA just north of Philadelphia. The table started shaking as if one of the parties at the table was shaking his leg....we realized it was an earthquake when the window shades started moving as well.

    The whole thing lasted about 20-25 seconds, and was I'd say moderate in strength where we were. Of course after hearing where it was centered, I called my daughter in DC immediately, but couldn't get through--thank God for Blackberry Messenger which was working fine--she is fine as is my wife....and I hope all our fellow MP'ers and their loved ones are okay. More scary than anything I think.
     
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