Did we just experience...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Did we just experience...

...an earthquake or some sore of tremor around 1:51 pm?

The earth and my whole house was moving! There was no rumble, or sound of crockery falling, but it certainly was palpable!


1. Hunt Marchwald said...

A 5.9 north of Richmond, Virginia felt as far north as Vermont.

2. Sandy Campbell said...

I was working in Inwood, at 215th Street and Broadway. Specifically I was on the 8th floor of Inwood Center, formerly the Verizon building, so it's pretty well constructed. At first I thought someone really heavy was walking above me because it felt like footsteps. Then I noticed the Metro shelving rocking and I said to Diane, who I was on the phone with at the time, that the people next store must be violently pounding something on the wall because the whole office was shaking. I was a little worried at this point because it's a pretty solid building and it shouldn't have been shaking so much. But Diane said she felt it too (on 100th street), so we knew it was an earthquake. I opened the studio door so I could stand under the door frame and everyone else was going into the hall. What is that, someone asked. An earthquake, I replied. Then everyone rushed to the elevator to go downstairs, which I'm not sure was a really good idea, and by then the tremor had mostly stopped. Diane turned the TV at home on to NY1 and they said something about a 5.8 earthquake in the Washington DC area. I went outside and saw the super from the apartment building across the street looking up at the wall. Was there earthquake damage, I asked? Yes. All the stress fractures that had been repaired earlier were now exposed. One fracture went all the way from the 2nd floor up to the fifth floor.

You handled it a lot better than those working in the Pentagon, running around like Chicken Little and hollering "Evacuate! Evacuate!" (And as Hawkeye Pierce memorably responded to a similar command, "I just did!")
– Dean

3. David Reilly said...

I was in my backyard and did not feel anything. Didn't even know about the "big one" until I turned on News12 an hour later, for competely unrelated reasons. Much ado about nothing but at least News12 and Newsday will have something to report hysterically about for the next few days.

Should I pitch a tent in the backyard for the next few nights? Gotta watch out for those 2.2Mw aftershocks. The seismograph people at Fordham will keep track - since you were using "M*A*S*H" references today, I thought I would join in.

You should probably see someone about that numbness in your lower extremities, #1, and, #2, if you "get" that much about News12/Newsday, what sort of information obtained from those sources could you possibly consider reliable?

4. Jeanne Speir said...

I felt the tremor at work in Queens; it was weird. I escorted my infant patient and her mother to the exit until things felt stable, as the biggest risk of injury is from falling building material.

As your friend Rick Carr said: "All that, later...."

Different context, same principle.

5. Seeker said...

My favorite forward about the earthquake: Photos of devastation from the East Coast earthquake.

Great! Thanks for sharing the giggle... at least they didn't identify it as "The Hamptons."

6. Tugboat Bertha said...

My computer chair began to shift and the desk rocked as if the dog was moving it but he was sleeping across the room and didn't react at all. I wobbled into the living room because the floor was moving underneath me and I thought that if this isn't an earthquake then I am, like Redd Foxx, "having the BIG one Elizabeth."

Almost the identical situation... working on the computer, felt the chair moving, thought one of the dogs was rubbing up against it to get my attention for a "potty outing," then turned and looked and they were on the other side of the room! (Neither of them even "alerted," which was odd.)

Never heard a thing, so it wasn't some jet jockey breaking the sound barrier, or George Plimpton testing a monster firework at the old Village "dump" in Quiogue, or my grandmother screwing up the lighting of the oven ("No Nana! First the match, then the gas!"), so the conclusion was inescapable: an earthquake, the mildest one of my experience.
– Dean

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