Breaking News: Earthquakes, Hurricanes…Oh boy!Posted: August 23, 2011
So many people are saying they thought it was a terrorist attack, that buildings in New York where falling. With this thought in mind, here is the latest.
Now this earthquake 5.8 magnitude at a depth 3.5 miles.
Two nuclear reactors are now off line in Virginia.
Fox News is saying that there is reports that Washington Monument is “tilting” although it has yet to be confirmed. All monuments in DC are now closed.
Shep Smith is saying that the East Coast is experiencing a “freak out” that is not warranted…”It is ratcheting up panic that is unnecessary.”Gotta love Shep!
It’s the strongest quake to hit the Virginia area since 1897 – and resulted in buildings such as the Capitol and Pentagon being evacuated.Quake: Map on the U.S. Geological Survey website marks the epicenter of the earthquake in Mineral, Virginia
An earthquake sent tremors from the nation’s capital to New York City and New England Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia.
Buildings throughout major metropolitan centers in the northeast were evacuated after the quake, and tremors were felt as far north as Concord, N.H., and Hampstead, N.C., with some limited reports of damage reported near the quake’s epicenter in Virginia.
The streets of downtown Washington filled with thousands of people on Tuesday afternoon as buildings from the capital to the White House were evacuated.
A mild shake and tremble could be felt shortly before 2 p.m. The movement lasted no more than 30 seconds in downtown Washington.
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.
The quake sent hundreds of people spilling into the street a block from the White House, with other buildings evacuated in North Carolina and tremors felt as far away as New York City.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.
Tremors shook New York City office buildings on Tuesday, prompting evacuations of courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade Center construction site, officials and witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or injuries in the city, but fire department and police officials in Dutchess County, New York, reported structural damage to some buildings.
Info from the USGS:
In other weather news, Irene is getting stronger and appears to be eyeing the Carolinas…Hurricane Irene could be major threat to Eastern Seaboard – USATODAY.com
Emergency officials from Florida to the Carolinas were closely watching Irene on Tuesday as the first hurricane to seriously threaten the U.S. in three years churned over energizing tropical waters and threatened to disrupt the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Of course now with the earthquake, I think DC is going to be experiencing more than “disruptions.” For Updated Irene conditions click here:
National Hurricane Center for the latest.
This earthquake in Virginia is a bit odd, considering the rare earthquake that hit in Colorado: Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado – NYTimes.com
USGS info on Colorado Earthquake: Magnitude 5.3 – COLORADO