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5.8 Earthquake Aug 23, 2011


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I remember the whole thing like it was yesterday. I even remember the "conversation" I had with my co-worker about it and how we decided to leave the building despite the generally held belief that setting up in a doorway or somesuch is a better idea than trying to get out of a building during an earthquake.

We finally got our chimney re-pointed last year. It had some decent damage from the quake, but obviously not as bad as the numerous chimneys that collapsed in my neighborhood that day.

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Dec 09 to Jun 12 was quite the stretch around here: the pre-Xmas 09 snow, the 10 Days that Whited Out Our World in late Jan/early Feb 10, Carmageddon, the tail end of Superoutbreak 2 in April 11, the quake, Irene, Lee, the derecho. Every one of them a big memory (Lee only because I happened to be driving though it) for most DMVers.

Since then: well, Jan 2016 of course. But other than than, a few isolated severe events (but anything region-wide?), a couple of good winters without a real signature event, the March 2018 windstorm (didn't really excite me, but I guess I'm the minority there). Nothing to make a scrapbook over. This summer's severe has been good for a lot of folks but all the real fun has edged me by. Then the B-listers: Isaias, the January 2019 snowstorm, a few localized (if notable) flash floods. 

Just a personal observation, YMWOV. I realize you could lift a lot of 2.5 year periods at random throughout the 100+ year recorded weather of the DMV and make a similar conclusion, and the subjectivity with such an exercise is off in the nth dimension, but it'd be hard to beat 12/09-6/12 from my POV.

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I'll always remember having to go out onto two dams the day after over concern they moved due to the quake.  They didn't move a single bit.  Was always tempted to screw with the data to show it was now the shape of a banana.  Don't miss that part of the job anymore.  Nice views tho.

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1 hour ago, 09-10 analogy said:

Dec 09 to Jun 12 was quite the stretch around here: the pre-Xmas 09 snow, the 10 Days that Whited Out Our World in late Jan/early Feb 10, Carmageddon, the tail end of Superoutbreak 2 in April 11, the quake, Irene, Lee, the derecho. Every one of them a big memory (Lee only because I happened to be driving though it) for most DMVers.

Since then: well, Jan 2016 of course. But other than than, a few isolated severe events (but anything region-wide?), a couple of good winters without a real signature event, the March 2018 windstorm (didn't really excite me, but I guess I'm the minority there). Nothing to make a scrapbook over. This summer's severe has been good for a lot of folks but all the real fun has edged me by. Then the B-listers: Isaias, the January 2019 snowstorm, a few localized (if notable) flash floods. 

Just a personal observation, YMWOV. I realize you could lift a lot of 2.5 year periods at random throughout the 100+ year recorded weather of the DMV and make a similar conclusion, and the subjectivity with such an exercise is off in the nth dimension, but it'd be hard to beat 12/09-6/12 from my POV.

Summer 2010 had the record number of 90 degree days, 2011 had the insane humidity/heat, and 2012 had a bunch of 100+ days.  It really was an amazing period.

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8 minutes ago, WinterWxLuvr said:

I’ll never forget that quake. Craziest memory of mine is my pool water looked like water sloshing around in a bowl.

I lived in the central valley in California for several years when I was a kid.  We had one moderate (6-ish) earthquake when I was 5 or 6 years old.  The water sloshing out of our pool is one of my earliest vivid memories.

I probably conveyed it earlier in this thread, but my memory of the 2011 quake is that I was on the 6th floor of an office building and the ceiling tiles started rattling with the initial waves.  Then the S wave hit and the floor moved up and down, which was the very clear indicator of an earthquake and I got out real quick.

 

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16 minutes ago, MN Transplant said:

I lived in the central valley in California for several years when I was a kid.  We had one moderate (6-ish) earthquake when I was 5 or 6 years old.  The water sloshing out of our pool is one of my earliest vivid memories.

I probably conveyed it earlier in this thread, but my memory of the 2011 quake is that I was on the 6th floor of an office building and the ceiling tiles started rattling with the initial waves.  Then the S wave hit and the floor moved up and down, which was the very clear indicator of an earthquake and I got out real quick.

 

I had my hand on the doorknob heading out as it hit. Growing up in a coal mining community my first thought was some type of explosion. I turned and when I did I saw the glass doors in a cabinet giving off the reflections from the pool water. By then it had lasted long enough that I realized what had happened .

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I had just stepped onto the elevator at work on an upper floor on my building and as the doors started to close they shook back and forth pretty violently within the tracks such that the elevator cab was shaking too (also from the quake but I thought at the time it was from the door issue).  As the doors struggled to close I was like "WTF" and jumped out of the elevator car back onto the landing.  I thought it was the elevator having a seizure until my co-worker hurries out of our suite and proclaims "Earthquake - get out of the building" and he ran for the stairs.  I just stood there at that point and thought to myself "no - WAY" and then quickly thought that if it was that strong here then where was the epicenter?  In that moment I thought it could have been a catastrophic quake 50-100 miles away.  That was the truly scary part - the next 5 min of checking social media.       

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Being a geology major and on an airplane during this as I flew to Puerto Rico for work only to miss Irene after was a real kick in the rocks (pun intended).  I've had some horrible luck as I missed the '09-10 winter living in Alabama (the only year I didn't live "here").

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2 hours ago, LP08 said:

Being a geology major and on an airplane during this as I flew to Puerto Rico for work only to miss Irene after was a real kick in the rocks (pun intended).  I've had some horrible luck as I missed the '09-10 winter living in Alabama (the only year I didn't live "here").

Oof...makes my lament look tame! (Insert "That's rough buddy" meme)

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I was in a conference room, on the second floor of a former Army barracks building (located on the "historic" part of the post) at Fort Belvoir, and we were on a conference call with a large group in downtown Philadelphia. Felt/heard a rumble that could be construed as the HVAC turning on....except you started to FEEL it, more than you could hear it. Plus, the ceiling mounted 55" flat screen monitor at the front of the conference room started to ROCK back and forth. Oh, and suddenly, the conference line to Philly went DEAD.

I looked across the table at a colleague of mine and mouthed, "Is this a f*cking earthquake??" and then all hell broke loose...people running up/down the outside hallway screaming, "EARTHQUAKE!" and then, thinking back to all I saw/heard on TV over the years, I yelled, "Hey, everyone, stand in the doorway!" :rolleyes:

The pros/vets who survived California quakes and who were part of our meeting prevailed, and hauled us all outside of the building and across the street. All were fine, including the nearly 100-year old barracks buildings at Fort Belvoir. Like everyone else, I tried to call my wife at work (didn't get through to her, LOL), and my then-teenaged sons who were home at the time. I DID get through to my sons....who said, with exception of several items falling off of shelves, everything was fine at home. Except just prior to the worst of the shaking of the quake, our Labrador retriever ran to both of our sons and started barking frantically. They say animals can sense when quakes are coming...and based on that, I believe it.

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