Tuesday, August 23, 2011

East Coast Earthquake Rocks Area

Buildings Shaken in East Coast Major Metropolises

Capitol Dome
The epicenter was just eighty miles South of Washington DC.

At 1:51pm this afternoon I was sending a scanned image of a rendering from my computer when the rumbling began. At first the thought "helicopters" flashed through my mind but the rumbling of the ground was too deep. The building was shaking. Nine miles from Mineral, Virginia a 5.9 magnitude earthquake was shaking things up. The quake was felt as far away as New York City.

In Washington, the Pentagon and other buildings were evacuated. You could see and feel buildings shake in the Valley of Virginia though there does not seem to be any noticable damage. Local cell phone networks were jammed for about fifteen minutes.

The earthquake epicenter was near Virginia's nuclear power plants at North Anna. The reactors shut down automatically as they were designed to.

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