OMG WE JUST HAD AN EARTHQUAKE ON THE EAST COAST

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    Aug 23, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Like for srsly wtf?
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    Aug 23, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    Cool!
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    Aug 23, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    That's what happens when you allow gays to marry!
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    Aug 23, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    yeah 30 minutes ago I was filtering lake water samples leaning against the lab bench and felt it wobbling! all the glassware on the shelves was shaking and I was watching water ripple in a beaker on the counter for probably a good 20 seconds! kinda made me a little dizzy

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    Aug 23, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    That'll teach you not to fuck with the pope and his boys.
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    Aug 23, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    I blame it on congress.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Earthquakes of a magnitude 5.0 or more are very rare in that part of the world - large tremors would suggest a reactivation of the Appalachian mountain fault lines that mark the boundary between the Midwest and the East Coast plains. I'm just reading the news online right now, the Twittersphere is having a field day on this one.

    Thank goodness no one died, but somehow I'm not quite sure that this would be the end of it all . . . brb, getting my tin foil hat

  • tautomer

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    Aug 23, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    I was rockin' and rollin' here in South Jersey. Woke me up out of bed (sleeping in late), made my cat meow, and a few pictures tipped over. I called 911 to report it (because you're supposed to report events like this, doing my civic duty), but I got a busy signal. As such, something told me this wasn't so tiny.

    And we have a hurricane tracking up here for this weekend. Win!
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    The REAPER warned you all, but none of you would listen!!!
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    it's a warning to watch out for 2012
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    I actually felt it in Ontario Canada. Was in the car, parked, and it felt like really harsh wind but there wasn't any
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    I was doing cardio when my gym and the entire building was evacuated. I didn't feel a thing though, probably due to my motion on the cross-trainer.
  • Ironman4U

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    Aug 23, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    The epicenter was only 30 miles away. The whole house shook for about a minute. Never felt an earthquake before. Heard it was the biggest quake coming from Virginia since 1897.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    I thought I was being a little too rough in bed.
  • NerdLifter

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    Aug 23, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    We live right next to a quarry that plants explosives regularly. Thought it was just another one of those charges. Then when stuff starting falling, the house started swaying like a see-saw, and it lasted over 15 seconds, I realized: this is no explosive charge.

    But honestly, nothing major happened, was just unexpected. Construction workers outside just kept on drilling, my mom kept on working out, we just ignored it. My grandmother freaked and thought a bomb went off in DC, got dressed, and yelled at us to get outside to evacuate.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    QUAKEPOCALYPSE
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    [QUOTE]
    Because the crust under the East Coast is colder and firmer than the West Coast, shocks travel more efficiently through it, accounting for the widely-felt shaking. Fischer says the shallow depth of the Virginia quake, .6 miles, is only a first estimate and will likely be revised.
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    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-08-23/Earthquake-rocks-East-Coast/50107542/1


    Top 17 Earthquake tweets

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/top-16-earthquake-tweets/2011/08/23/gIQANgmJZJ_blog.html
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    I felt it!!!!! I thought it was just around my small area, but apparently not!
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    I thought our apartment building was finally collapsing (it's pretty old and our side sinks a bit). I grabbed my dog and the computer and headed out the door...but fortunately my neighbors on the third floor said it was just and earthquake. It was such a weird sensation; being from the midwest I'm used to tornados, but not earthquakes.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
    metta8 said
    [QUOTE]
    Because the crust under the East Coast is colder and firmer than the West Coast, shocks travel more efficiently through it, accounting for the widely-felt shaking. Fischer says the shallow depth of the Virginia quake, .6 miles, is only a first estimate and will likely be revised.


    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-08-23/Earthquake-rocks-East-Coast/50107542/1[/quote]USA Today is wrong.
    It's because the ground is less solid, causing the waves to move more freely, thus covering a larger area per magnitude than that of an earthquake in areas with more solid ground like the western US. The softer earth also intensifies the liquefaction that occurs, which makes it feel stronger.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    metta8 said
    [QUOTE]
    Because the crust under the East Coast is colder and firmer than the West Coast, shocks travel more efficiently through it, accounting for the widely-felt shaking. Fischer says the shallow depth of the Virginia quake, .6 miles, is only a first estimate and will likely be revised.


    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-08-23/Earthquake-rocks-East-Coast/50107542/1
    USA Today is wrong.
    It's because the ground is less solid, causing the waves to move more freely, thus covering a larger area per magnitude than that of an earthquake in areas with more solid ground like the western US. The softer earth also intensifies the liquefaction that occurs, which makes it feel stronger.[/quote]

    you forgot penis
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/aug/23/18/58-earthquake-rocks-virginia-other-parts-east-coas-ar-1256961/

    The quake rocked Virginia at 1:51 p.m., and authorities said the epicenter appeared to be in Louisa County, about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The epicenter is not far from Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna nuclear plant, where the earthquake knocked out power, but the both nuclear units were shut down without incident and no damage was apparent, Dominion said.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidIt's the corporation's fault.


    You forgot to chide Art_Deco for panicking.
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    southbeach1500 saidIt's the corporation's fault.


    You forgot to chide Art_Deco for panicking.



    Art's wayyyyyy to busy obsessing that his doctor referred to his penis as a "dick" to panic about something as trivial as an earthquake icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 23, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Iceblink saidThe REAPER warned you all, but none of you would listen!!!
    That bitch was posing as me this morning. I was pissed.


    He has posed as everyone except me, I feel so neglected...