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Did YOU Feel The Quake??

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If you live on the East Coast, chances are you’ve felt the earthquake that just struck outside of Washington, D.C.

The epicenter of the quake was in Mineral, Virginia; just short of four miles deep. Preliminary reports rate it to be a 5.8 magnitude.

No major injuries have been reported as of yet, thank goodness.

Did you feel the quake? Are U in D.C. now?

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No aftershocks have yet been reported so please everyone, be careful, and if you'd like to read up on earthquake safety tips, click HERE.

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75 comments to “Did YOU Feel The Quake??”

  1. 1

    I live right outside of DC. We were in the car when it happened, so we didn't feel it. We pulled up to our house about a minute after it ended and all of our neighbors were just starting to come out of their houses with shocked looks on their faces.
    Apparently it was pretty bad. One of our neighbors is having work done on their house and the contractor was outside when it happened. He said all of the houses were swaying back and forth. But we got inside to check stuff out and literally nothing in our house has moved. No pictures off the wall, no papers off tables, no books off shelves. Our calendar that falls off the wall at least once a week was still up. It's really odd.
    My mom who is up in Delaware said all of the papers went flying off her desk at work.
    I'm glad we were in the car when it happened & we didn't feel it. I'm sure I would have either cried or peed myself. I'm such a wuss.

  2. 2

    I live in Richmond Va and my house was shaking like crazy !!!! A few pictures fell off the wall but no damage. Epicenter is 30-40 miles from my house

  3. 3

    We felt it in Brooklyn!!

  4. 4

    I felt it in Ny!

  5. 5




  6. 6

    This isn't a huge deal. Why is everyone making it a huge deal? I am lost. I also live in California and we have them every day. Life goes on.

  7. 7

    My friend's son felt the floor tremble at work and that's in Toronto, Ontario.

  8. 8

    we felt it in sudbury ontario, we actually had to evacuate a few of the higher buildings….not going to lie i work maybe 2 miles from the buildings and we didn't feel a thing

  9. yeez says – reply to this


    I live right outside of Philadelphia and we definitely felt it. I had stacks of papers sitting on a shelf above my desk and when I came home from work they were all over the floor and my doggy gate was knocked over. The bridge that's two blocks from my building actually cracked and had to be closed off until it gets fixed. Knowing PennDot this will most likely take months =/

  10. 10

    Does anyone even know their geography? Mineral, VA is about 10 miles west of where I live, in RICHMOND. This epicenter was not in Washington DC. All of the headlines should be earthquake outside Richmond. I felt it a great deal, the whole house shook for about 30 seconds. I'm just waiting for the aftershocks..

  11. 11

    I live in MD and it wasn't too bad, just enough shaking and rumbling to scare us, but no major damages or injuries, which is weird, because we're right next to VA. Glad nothing major happened and we got nothing more than spooked. Fingers crossed the aftershocks don't happen or are smaller!

  12. 12

    Whatthe321- is a big deal because when you're on a high floor of a federal building in DC and the whole thing starts shaking- earth quake is NOT your first thought…a lot of people were scared of a bombing, etc until we found out it was a quake. Not exactly routine for the DC area

  13. 13

    Re: whatthe321 – They don't have them everyday there though. I'm pretty sure it's a very rare occasion. I know it is here in Nova Scotia.

  14. 14

    OMG this is hilarious it's the big news of the day….really??? I mean Really come one…I turned on the tv it's on….I truned on the radio they are talking about it…..it was a 5.8 earthquake ooooo eeeee…big whoop. I have been thru 5.9 and 6.5 in my life time it isn't something to sit around and talk about all day….I mean come on we have earthquakes every day here in CA that are like 2.5 and 3.9 and we just keep on living. People are being ridiculous. LOL

  15. yeez says – reply to this


    Re: whatthe321 – It's a big deal because it's unusual. If earthquakes hit Virginia every single day than this would not, in fact, be news.

  16. 16

    Re: DCarea – You do have a point I didn't think about that…they prob thought it was something else. Yeah that would be scary as for the earthquake part….I will tell you all don't worry too much about it…I have been through many, plus there really isn't much you can do.

  17. 17

    i was sleeping in a little mattress on the floor, where is fresh… i woke up thinking the neighboors upstairs were making babies. but after a few seconds i relized no one would ever hook up with the neighboors upstairs so, i thought something was wrong. but i thought i was dizzy or something… never thought we would have a earthquake in boston…

  18. 18

    i live in Chesapeake VA and im just like…wtf is this….oh hey its an earthquake. sitting in a rolley office chair made it all the more fun

  19. 19

    I'm in Harrisburg, PA, about 2.5 hrs from DC and we felt tremors here. It was so surreal! My whole cubicle was swaying back and forth and at first I thought it was me about to pass out, but then I asked my co-worker next to me if she was shaking the desk and then everyone else in the room started to say the same thing. It was crazy, but thank God it wasn't any worse.

  20. 20

    Re: whatthe321 – sure you go through it all the time, but like you said you're in CA and it's pretty "normal" there, not here, not on this side of the states, so that is why we're all making it a "huge deal."

  21. ElleK says – reply to this


    I live a few minutes from D.C. and was working from home today when it happened, luckily (I work in a government installation in Arlington). Pictures fell off my walls, glass book shelves shook open and all my books fell out, and there's broken glass all over my apartment. It was pretty scary considering this never happens in D.C. I realize this may be an everyday event in CA (even though that's bullshit, there aren't 5.8 earthquakes everyday), it's was pretty freaking weird for it to happen here.

  22. LCM! says – reply to this


    TORONTO CANADA felt it!!

  23. 23

    zzz zzz zzz

  24. 24

    Re: whatthe321 – in CA it's normal like you said, we're not in CA and it's not normal, that's why we're making a "big whoop" of it.

  25. 25

    We felt it in Pittsburgh, my office building got evacuated

  26. 26

    I felt it !!! I live in Hammonton NJ

  27. 27

    Baltimore, Maryland
    I was sleep it woke me and I immediately knew what it was but it scared the crap out of me.

  28. 28

    We in Philly also felt it. Not sure why every one is so amazed by this, it is not the first earthquake to hit the area.

  29. 29

    Re: whatthe321 – No there not dumbass. If this happened in California and they kept talking about it then it would be ridiculous. The face that magnitude of an Earthquake happens on the East Coast it is a story because a 5.9 NEVER happens here.

  30. 30

    I have friends that felt it in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec (Canada)!!!

  31. 31

    Re: ahokie87 – I know !!! All II'm hearing is the Big Quake in D.C It happened in Virginia !!!!!! I live in Richmond

  32. 32

    i live right outside dc and i most definitely felt it. I was on the second story of my home and the windows started to rattle and then it started to increase and my first thought was an attack or terrible accident. I stood up and then I realized it was an earthquake. I thought the shaking would stop but it continued to increase and the floors were swaying and rolling, and pictures were falling off the walls. Hard to walk down the stairs and it continued for 35-40 seconds before it just stopped. House alarms were all going off. Very scary! I guess I experienced it more violently than others because of the bedrock my home is built on.

  33. 33

    I felt it in Jersey!

  34. 34

    so scary, I work in DC and it was very loud and scary to work in a health care area and feel that. An earthquake was not the first thing people thought of when the desks were shaking. this def. brings back the memories of 9/11.

  35. 35

    Re: whatthe321 – YOU DO REALIZE THIS SHIT DOESN'T HAPPEN ON THE EASTCOAST? Get real dude, most of us never experienced anything like this before.

  36. 36

    I'm 10 miles outside Philadelphia. The building where I work was shaking like nothing I have ever felt before. It was completely surreal.

  37. 37

    I live in South Jersey and I was at a nursing home when it happened. First i saw my grandmom's bed shaking and thought something was wrong with her or someone bumped into it, and then saw the lamp, blinds, and wheelchair shake. weird, i always thought i would be scared or creeped out by an earthquake, but for the 5 min. everything was vibrating i was just laughing. it was very twilight zone

  38. 38

    Re: Jasmine Janee – Don't call me names Jasmine. I didn't call you a name but NOW I will you hooker.

  39. 39

    2012 couldnt get any closer! hahahah

  40. 40

    Re: whatthe321 – Boo.Hoo. my feelings are really hurt. -_-

  41. 41

    yeah i live in toronto (canada) and i felt it …must have been pretty big :S

  42. 42

    I live 5 miles out of DC and it was pretty scary. My poor dog was terrified and is still not back to herself. An earthquake was not the first thing that popped into my mind being so close to the pentagon and national airport. Earthquakes this big don't happen here very often, I think the last one was in 1897, so it makes sense that it was a big deal. I lived in Cali for 3 yrs and never felt an earthquake this strong so I really didn't expect it in VA.

  43. 43

    People here in metro Atlanta felt it! Crazy!

  44. 44

    I work in a 26 story glass bldg in Northern VA so for me yeah, it was a very big deal. I'm quite certain our building isn't made to withstand earthquakes. People are still shell shocked (believe it or not!) from 9/11. So for those who have never experienced an earthquake, they didn't know what was going on. In addition, we have some very old buildings that have collapsed in neighboring cities. So yeah people are rattled.

  45. 45

    Yeah let me take a picture of the earthquake… its not like the ground was splitting into 2

  46. 46

    I live in Reading, PA. I was in class when it happened. My teacher was walking around while she was talking and didn't even notice it lol. They had to close the bridge nearby because supposedly it cracked, but the bridge was always shitty so I wouldn't be surprised if the crack was there before. Then there was a car accident in the same spot. Probably because someone wasn't paying attention to the dead stop traffic. Go figure.

  47. 47

    Re: whatthe321 – You better hope these earth quakes aren't related because if it's 5.9 on the east coast, what would it be for you on the west coast?

  48. 48

    I felt it in Toronto, Ontario - Canada! I was on the 10th floor of a building!

  49. 49

    I live in Maryland and felt it, but now the news down here won't shut up about it and i'm so over it

  50. 50

    Re: Jasmine Janee – well it can't hurt your feelings if it's true. You must be a good hooker, you prob a cheap 2 dolla hooker. BOOM.

  51. 51

    I felt it in Pittsburgh

  52. 52

    You mean that was an earthquake I felt when I was masturbating and not the best orgasm I've ever had?

  53. 53

    We live in Delaware, about 15 minutes from Philly. At first we were asking the kids what the hell they were doing until we realized the whole house was shaking. It was pretty cool when we realized it was an earthquake. Very surprised when we found out the quake was actually in Virginia. Must have freaked out an awful lot of people. The phone lines went crazy and the internet was crawling for over an hour. Definitely something different for the east coast.

  54. 54

    Felt it in the province of New Brunswick here in Canada (next door to state of Maine for the geography challenged)

  55. 55

    I live on the eastern shore of Maryland a few miles from the Atlantic and I felt it around 1:51…I can tell you after living in Alaska it felt like a mild tremor or aftershock. People on the west coast need to remember this kind of thing doesn't happen here and so it is kind of freekly for people here. From what I understand is that because the land on the east coast is not so mangled and riddled with massive faults thats why the earthquake was able to be felt so far away because it could travel freely. Oh well moving on hurricane scheduled to hit this weekend…… lol

  56. 56

    I live on the eastern shore of Maryland a few miles from the Atlantic and I felt it around 1:51…I can tell you after living in Alaska it felt like a mild tremor or aftershock. People on the west coast need to remember this kind of thing doesn't happen here and so it is kind of freekly for people here. From what I understand is that because the land on the east coast is not so mangled and riddled with massive faults thats why the earthquake was able to be felt so far away because it could travel freely. Oh well moving on hurricane scheduled to hit this weekend…… lol oh yeah and wth321……when you live around the dc new york area and you feel something like this and earthquake was not what was on peoples mind…..more like another terrorist attack….

  57. 57

    i live about 15 miles from the epicenter. i definately felt it for a couple of minutes. it was my first earthquake, but it wasn't bad at all. it's being blown out of proportion

  58. 58

    I felt it in Hamilton, Ontario. I didn't realize it was an earthquake, I just thought "whoa, I feel kind of dizzy". I figured I needed to eat and made myself a sandwich.

  59. 59

    Re: whatthe321
    Seriously? You must be the kind of person who only reads the headlines and never actually reads the story. This was a big deal not only because of how far the effects were felt (as far north as Toronto and as far south as Atlanta) but because of the fact that the epicenter of the earthquake was mere miles from a nuclear power plant in Lake Anna, VA. You must have some recollection of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima back in June? People we're largely concerned that if they were not able to get this power plant running on diesel generators that we may face the same danger. I felt the earthquake in Charlottesville, VA- 20 miles away from the epicenter, I knew it was an earthquake but when you feel and hear that kind of rumbling in New York City and Washington DC your mind goes somewhere else- terrorist attacks. So those are just a few reasons why this is a big deal.

  60. 60

    It is wonderful that you like so many others have survived larger earthquakes, but to the people who were alone and terrified today all across the East coast, don't tell them that what they've experienced is child's play compared to your life, instead maybe take a minute and think of all the people that didn't survive the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti or the 8.9 earthquake in Japan or the 7.0 earthquake in New Zealand and then realize how fortunate we are to not have that kind of tragedy in out midst. Bottom line- as unsteady as the world is today we always expect to have stable ground under our feet, so when the Earth literally shakes beneath us no matter how strong or where you are in the world it is a big deal.

  61. 61

    Like others have said, it's a "Big Whoop" because we don't expect earthquakes in central Virginia. Nobody really even knew what it was until it was already over.

    My house is about 20 minutes from Mineral, Va and I was standing on my front porch with my toddler when the quake struck. It felt and sounded like there was someone on the porch with a jackhammer. I looked around and all of the houses and power lines were swaying and everyone was running outdoors. The earthquake itself wasn't scary, it was trying to figure out what was going on during the quake that was scary.

    We felt an aftershock this evening around 8:15pm. A bit of a rumble for about 10 seconds… no big deal.

  62. 62

    I work on the 8th floor of a building in downtown Detroit and we definitely felt it. It felt like I was standing in a boat rocking in the water.

  63. 63

    felt it in lincolnton NC

  64. 64

    I was doing a phone interview with a lady while it happened! I heard her shit flying everywhere and I swear she fell

  65. 65

    Woke up from a nap with my bed rolling side to side–thought it was a scene from "The Exorcist!" From NYC

  66. 66

    You know, in California we laugh those off. It was a burp people, get a grip cause we're laughing at you out here on the West Coast.

  67. 67

    Re: In Theory – Are you retarded?

  68. 68

    Re: In Theory – but the funny thing is, your just a little bit arrogant because we're not used to experiencing things like that on the east coast. obviously you've felt an earthquake before, congratulations, were all very happy and jealous of you im sure. earthquakes aren't something that we have here frequently, so its news. please, feel free shut up anytime ;)

  69. pj88 says – reply to this


    Our floor was swaying in our building in Toronto!!

  70. 70

    RE: In Theory. You won't be feeling so arrogant when the big one hits CA and you go into the ocean.

  71. 71

    I did in Columbia, SC at 1:58pm. Thought someone was shaking my bed! Dog started barking like crazy.

  72. 72

    HAARP device thats why no after shocks

  73. 73

    What I wanna know is why everyone in CA is sooooo proud of their earthquakes. "ohhh that was nothing.. we get earthquakes all the time… blah blah blah.. durp." in case you cali-morons havent realized, the only thing that really means to us over here on the EC is that you guys will be the ones checking out first. so… nice knowin' ya… at least you guys can go out thinking you have SOMETHING to be proud of.

  74. 74

    felt it on long island!

  75. 75

    I was on plane going home 2 NYC & i DIDNT FEEL SHIT :)
    but my friends said their t.v shook & thats it