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5.8 Earthquake Aug 23, 2011

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Most powerful city in the world and can't handle a 5.8 quake...pretty damn sad if you ask me. God help us all if we ever get something along the lines of a 7.0....massive damage with our crappy construction.

To be fair - a 5.8 is rare here. Very rare.

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Most powerful city in the world and can't handle a 5.8 quake...pretty damn sad if you ask me. God help us all if we ever get something along the lines of a 7.0....massive damage with our crappy construction.

huh? the city is still functioning, the power is on, buildings are standing, people are getting home OK.

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huh? the city is still functioning, the power is on, buildings are standing, people are getting home OK.

Meh.....many federal agencies let folks leave early, some schools closed already closed for tomorrow, people are sending pics of over turned trash cans to local news stations, local news stations are cutting in with special coverage of the big quake, etc. etc. I wasn't trying to say that DC is not functional...it was more directed towards the response of the pansies that live in this area.

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Most powerful city in the world and can't handle a 5.8 quake...pretty damn sad if you ask me. God help us all if we ever get something along the lines of a 7.0....massive damage with our crappy construction.

It caused more commotion than anything else. We have almost no seismic along the east coast. A 7.0 would level buildings because our codes don't require buildings to be earthquake resistant.

Saying we can't handle it isn't really a fair statement. Atlanta can't handle a heavy snowfall and Chicago can't handle a serious heatwave. But they have no problem the other way around.

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Meh.....many federal agencies let folks leave early, some schools closed already closed for tomorrow, people are sending pics of over turned trash cans to local news stations, local news stations are cutting in with special coverage of the big quake, etc. etc. I wasn't trying to say that DC is not functional...it was more directed towards the response of the pansies that live in this area.

We do freak out easily as a region but I don't think there has been too much here. This wasn't far off being a much bigger deal.

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Meh.....many federal agencies let folks leave early, some schools closed already closed for tomorrow, people are sending pics of over turned trash cans to local news stations, local news stations are cutting in with special coverage of the big quake, etc. etc. I wasn't trying to say that DC is not functional...it was more directed towards the response of the pansies that live in this area.

of course the local TV stations are going to have coverage. how is that "pansy" behavior?

schools are closed in areas close to the epicenter to allow for structural inspections. how is that "pansy" behavior?

people were allowed to leave early because Metro informed the feds that they were going to have to put extreme speed restrictions on the subway and it was a way to give public transportation riders a head start on their trips home, so they could get home at a decent hour. again, how is this "pansy" behavior?

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We do freak out easily as a region but I don't think there has been too much here. This wasn't far off being a much bigger deal.

I'm guessing Trafficageddon back in February (?) was a much bigger deal overall in terms of impact.

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Meh.....many federal agencies let folks leave early, some schools closed already closed for tomorrow, people are sending pics of over turned trash cans to local news stations, local news stations are cutting in with special coverage of the big quake, etc. etc. I wasn't trying to say that DC is not functional...it was more directed towards the response of the pansies that live in this area.

A once in 120 year event and your referring to people as pansies. Your a real tough guy.

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I'm guessing Trafficageddon back in February (?) was a much bigger deal overall in terms of impact.

Yeah, most likely at least as far as traffic etc. Of course DC is kinda dead this time of year to begin with. That event was more us being pansies... ;)

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I dont know, feeling a building shake under you and listeneing to the rattling and noise is a significant event , at least to me, Especially lasting as long as it did, and not knowing what the hell is going on. If you want to call me a pansy fine. It felt like the whole building was being moved. It was surreal, to say the least. We were lucky this time. Hope it doesn't happen again.

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I dont know, feeling a building shake under you and listeneing to the rattling and noise is a significant event , at least to me, Especially lasting as long as it did, and not knowing what the hell is going on. If you want to call me a pansy fine. It felt like the whole building was being moved. It was surreal, to say the least. We were lucky this time. Hope it doesn't happen again.

Oh boy....I upset the masses. Sorry folks, didn't mean to upset ya'll. I'll go back to building my super ark now, which will be better than mapgirls ark.

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Meh.....many federal agencies let folks leave early, some schools closed already closed for tomorrow, people are sending pics of over turned trash cans to local news stations, local news stations are cutting in with special coverage of the big quake, etc. etc. I wasn't trying to say that DC is not functional...it was more directed towards the response of the pansies that live in this area.

Agreed. There is zero need to take any precautions like checking structural integrity. This is America's capital, damnit. I'm sure the buildings and subway system were built strong enough. And I am appalled that the news is covering this event. Sure, we don't get quakes this size around here but one a millennium or so, but other places get them pretty regularly. They are such pansies for focusing on it. And anyone taking pictures of their trash cans to show the impact of a weather event is definitely a pansy. Glad there's no one like that around here.

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Oh boy....I upset the masses. Sorry folks, didn't mean to upset ya'll. I'll go back to building my super ark now, which will be better than mapgirls ark.
But I'll have all the cool people on mine

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I dont know, feeling a building shake under you and listeneing to the rattling and noise is a significant event , at least to me, Especially lasting as long as it did, and not knowing what the hell is going on. If you want to call me a pansy fine. It felt like the whole building was being moved. It was surreal, to say the least. We were lucky this time. Hope it doesn't happen again.

I don't know if "lucky" is the right word. Seems about right damage wise for a 5.8 on this side of the country where there aren't earthquake building codes etc.

It just simply wasn't a super strong quake - just a strong one for this part of the country. Still unnerving yes but pretty cool as well.

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That's nothing - I saw it on the Euro 168 hours out :thumbsup:

I saw it on the CFS but said 'meh'.. Climo argues no.

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Biggest facepalm moment so far...a met on WTOP radio saying that a 2.8 magnitude aftershock was "half as strong" as the 5.8 primary quake. :facepalm:

The Richter scale is LOGARITHMIC. A 2.8 is 1000 times weaker than a 5.8. :rolleyes:

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Biggest facepalm moment so far...a met on WTOP radio saying that a 2.8 magnitude aftershock was "half as strong" as the 5.8 primary quake. :facepalm:

The Richter scale is LOGARITHMIC. A 2.8 is 1000 times weaker than a 5.8. :rolleyes:

Oh good lord. People who don't know what they are talking about should not be allowed to be broadcast scientists. Who was it? Somebody from WJLA I presume? Doesn't WTOP use WJLA mets?

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a lot of it is lack of research.. people forget almost everything is fairly easily available. i saw plenty of "comparo" reports which were wrong.

yea 1,000 times bigger on magnitude scale, but 31,000+ times stronger.

http://earthquake.us.../calculator.php

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Probably true....I'll be stuck with BB, MoD and zwyts. Fun group, huh?
I'll take zwyts off your hands for you. You can have the other two... At least you will have excellent weather obs and should an emergency come up... MoD will save you.

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Still can't grasp where the potential that this was just a foreshock, but hey if the director of the USGS says it, then I guess I should think about. Could take up to one week if it was.

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