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5.8 Earthquake Aug 23, 2011

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I'm naming the Earthquake.

Earthquake Qaddafi.

You really are tempting me to try (in vain) to hurt you by bringing up dirigibles and naming earthquakes.

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but I can see how being in a city during the day could trump that perhaps.

Definitely, especially in today's times with everyones mind on possible attacks. I honestly can't imagine what I would have done had I been in public...probably just ran outside.

I'm sure I'd be just as fascinated by quakes if I had your experiences. Also interesting to hear you describe today's quake in the way that you have -- certainly different from some snobby Californians who don't realize how earthquakes impact different areas, well, differently. It's like a Mid Atlantic or NE weenie making fun of someone who lives in Dallas over the city's reaction to a few inches of snow...

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You really are tempting me to try (in vain) to hurt you by bringing up dirigibles and naming earthquakes.

Prepping my paintshop Dirigible pictures for the Irene thread. Get the helium ready and start the propellers!

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Follow up on Monument:

The National Park Service says the Washington Monument may have suffered cracks near its top during Tuesday’s earthquake, and the monument could be closed indefinitely.

Park service spokesman Bill Line said there appear to be cracks “at the very, very top” of the 555-foot tall structure, and structural engineers were being brought in Wednesday to conduct a close inspection.

Meanwhile, the historic stone obelisk at the center of the Mall, south of the White House, will remain closed, and “could be closed for an indefinite period of time,” he said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post_now/post/earthquake-reported-along-the-east-coast/2011/08/23/gIQAozdEZJ_blog.html

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Just out of curiosity, can someone explain how it felt? Was it more of a roll, and then more violent shaking? Just wondering.

Well it definitely started very lightly, woke me up, then felt like it went from a Gentle back/forth shaking to more of a "jarring", which is what I assume led to most of the panic. The last 7-8 seconds are what got my heart racing a bit faster as stuff started moving a little bit and I ran my ass outside.

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I was in my class room on the north side of our school when it sounded like a pack of animals was running across the roof from south to north towards me. Once the sound got overhead, the shaking starting and having been through a small quake in LA, I knew immediately what was happening. The shaking is unmistakable. Like others have said, it was relatively light at first, and it seemed like it was going to pass quickly, but then a longer and more pronounced wave went through that lasted just long enough to make me wonder if it was going to get worse. Then, like a rogue gust of wind that passes on an otherwise calm day , it stopped.

Minus the structural damage that some areas have, it was definitely a very cool experience.

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The only reason that I knew this was an earthquake pretty soon was that I experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan (11/14/1986). That earthquake woke me up and caused substantial, but scattered, damage across Taipei including some collapsed buildings. The shake from today's quake felt almost as strong and seemed longer than the Taiwan one.

It was definitely cool to experience this earthquake with someone else who could nerd about it at the same time. I was conducting an introductory meeting with an Earth Science teacher when it happened. I asked her as the shaking started "Does this happen often in your building?" thinking that there was a nearby passing train. Then, when the shaking continued and intensified, we both realized it was an earthquake and stood up to look around the room. That's when that jolt that we all experienced happened, with the split-second thought of "If this gets any stronger, the building will begin to collapse." After it was over, she was giddy and said that one of her "bucket list" items just got crossed off.

As the shaking died down, we began to guess at the epicenter and actually discussed the historic eastern quakes. I guessed a IV-V Mercalli intensity, but we didn't think it was a New Madrid quake as the shaking wasn't a rolling motion and didn't last >1 minute. We started talking about Charleston, SC, or maybe even Cape Ann/Boston. Somehow, we managed to finish our meeting, and then I was able to listen to WTOP in my car about where the earthquake epicenter was actually located.

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pictures from National Cathedral: http://www.nationalc...quake2011.shtml

Episcopal News Service reported that the bell tower isn't crooked, but there are cracks in the floor in the Cathedral and that it is closed until further notice. :(

one of my change ringing friends who is still active in the Washington Ringing Society said that of course practice was cancelled tonight and that they've been asked to "not make anything move" for a while.

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pictures from National Cathedral: http://www.nationalc...quake2011.shtml

Episcopal News Service reported that the bell tower isn't crooked, but there are cracks in the floor in the Cathedral and that it is closed until further notice. :(

one of my change ringing friends who is still active in the Washington Ringing Society said that of course practice was cancelled tonight and that they've been asked to "not make anything move" for a while.

it actually looks moderately bad in some of these shots:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/08/what-really-happened-national-cathedral-quake/41644/

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it actually looks moderately bad in some of these shots:

http://www.theatlant...al-quake/41644/

that really upsets me. even before I converted, it was a big part of the neighborhood and I was in the crowd when the Cathedral was finally finished. I've spent so much time in there, even climbing the back turret stairs to the ringing chamber when we couldn't access the front elevators for whatever reason, and watching the July 4th fireworks from the bell tower for so many years.

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The only reason that I knew this was an earthquake pretty soon was that I experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan (11/14/1986). That earthquake woke me up and caused substantial, but scattered, damage across Taipei including some collapsed buildings. The shake from today's quake felt almost as strong and seemed longer than the Taiwan one.

It was definitely cool to experience this earthquake with someone else who could nerd about it at the same time. I was conducting an introductory meeting with an Earth Science teacher when it happened. I asked her as the shaking started "Does this happen often in your building?" thinking that there was a nearby passing train. Then, when the shaking continued and intensified, we both realized it was an earthquake and stood up to look around the room. That's when that jolt that we all experienced happened, with the split-second thought of "If this gets any stronger, the building will begin to collapse." After it was over, she was giddy and said that one of her "bucket list" items just got crossed off.

Yeah that jolting near the end was somewhat nerve wracking, I was definitely worried about my house for a few seconds. I am not confident my house is built well at all, certainly not built to withstand an earthquake, I've even had the random thought "what if an earthquake were to hit this area" pass through my head over the years.

My house is still standing, thats all that matters to me. The little things can be paid for by insurance (hopefully) :P

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I'm on the 10th floor and it felt pretty scary. I was writing up a knowledge base on Outlook, etc when I looked up and felt a small vibration at first then I looked around at everybody else looking around with a WTF look on their faces, lol. Then it got worse, I looked outside the windows and saw the windows in the surrounding buildings starting to shake and then the big shake, sort of sideways and my boss came hauling ass out of her office and everybody started running to the stairwell.

The last shake got me and my heart starting pounding. Like I said..to those in earthquake areas, I guess its not a big deal and it may seem like we're blowing this out of proportion..but you gotta realize..most here have NEVER felt that before.

Randy, at least you were smart and left your building. I watched my coworkers scream and run out of the office while I sat in my cube saying "awesome" :lol:

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Cool article from the Baltimore Sun about the earthquake... in geology terms

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-quake-timeline-20110823,0,1581033.story

I'd also like to note that my college advisor, GIS professor and eventually the guy who hired me and introduced me to my husband... was quoted in the article. :)

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Someone on a sports forum I frequent said "a signal was sent moments before the earthquake..."

Awesome. I love it.

That's awful. These people are nuts. I watched a few of their videos after the Joplin tornado and I wanted to kill myself

"In coming message from the Big Gaint Head".

:lol:

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The shaking of our well was bad enough to dredge up a lot of sediment and it fed it into our plumbing. Water is rusty. Changed the filter this morning, and already its nasty again. Will have to change the filter again in a few days. Probably won't be able to drink the water for the rest of this week.

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13th and Monroe

Also there was structural damage to Columbia Heights Education Campus.

And Best Buy was flooded from broken pipes and is closed indefinitely.

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the "expected" west coast mocking:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/08/23/post-quake-west-coast-teases-east-on-social-networks/

i get it, sort of, but it's kind of silly with no comparison to building codes. also, i think some of the major media did us a disservice by running "joke" stories akin to those facebook etc images of a chair knocked over in the grass etc. much of the damage might be superficial but it's rather significant by our standards still.

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it's almost 24 hours ago.. we should also prepare a moment of silence.

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it's almost 24 hours ago.. we should also prepare a moment of silence.

Ian I've heard stupid info on the news an aftershock is expected today due to it being 24 hours ago involving something in relation to the fault, any credibility to the news people?

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Ian I've heard stupid info on the news an aftershock is expected today due to it being 24 hours ago involving something in relation to the fault, any credibility to the news people?

An aftershock is possible I guess but certainly not an expected thing. I could be wrong, but that sounds a bit out there to me.

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Ian I've heard stupid info on the news an aftershock is expected today due to it being 24 hours ago involving something in relation to the fault, any credibility to the news people?

No. Not because it's 24 hrs later at least. I would think we could get a 4.5-5 or so tho still.

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No. Not because it's 24 hrs later at least. I would think we could get a 4.5-5 or so tho still.

Thats pretty significant, surprised we havent seen more aftershocks, thought there'd be a few more.

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No. Not because it's 24 hrs later at least. I would think we could get a 4.5-5 or so tho still.

5.0 might be pushing it. Especially since we've seen 4.2 as the highest thus far. I guess anything is possible. I was actually holding out for a 6.0. :devilsmiley:

Thats pretty significant, surprised we havent seen more aftershocks, thought there'd be a few more.

I think the profile might be a bit different than west coast quakes given the different fault configurations etc (I am by no means an expert though). Might have a more gradual aftershock profile - rather than a bunch quickly fizzling we might have one or two for the next few weeks (each week that is).

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