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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2011 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia — the second most powerful earthquake in the state's recorded history — which was felt up and down the east coast of the United States from Atlanta, Georgia to Maine.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (in Greenbelt, Maryland) project manager Bill Buckingham reported the following on Facebook.

Imagine seeing this Delta rocket swaying back and forth like a twig in a breeze. That was my view after I darted out the back door of the NASA Goddard Visitor Center during our 5.9 earthquake this afternoon.

The nearby Nike rocket was also dancing.

I managed a quick run through the building to evacuate it and get myself out in time to see almost everything in our Rocket Garden swaying. The Visitor Center building was moving both vertically and horizontally.

It was fascinating. Got to love those plate tectonics! And yes, we closed early today.

According to employees' tweets, NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC was also briefly evacuated.

The Smithsonian — including the National Air and Space Museum — closed for the remainder the day because of an earthquake.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 08-23-2011 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope all my collectSPACE friends who felt the earthquake are all right. It was my first experience with one.

SpaceAholic
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posted 08-23-2011 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in DC this week - the quake got everybody out of meetings, off work a couple of hours early. Not a bad deal...

Fezman92
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posted 08-23-2011 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To quote a somewhat well known science fiction movie, it was "interesting."

music_space
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posted 08-23-2011 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Each mild earthquake makes me ponder the fact that solid-object collections of fragile objects on shelves or curios are notoriously at risk -- especially thin, vertical presentations. I shiver when I imagine someone's plate collections, for instance.

That's why I always think of that when I build the support for such an object, for it to be earthquake-resistant (which also makes it resistant to shuffling induced by cleaning-up, etc.)

ilbasso
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posted 08-23-2011 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was somewhat disconcerted to hear my 5'x3' framed Apollo poster clattering against my wall. Just a reminder that nothing is truly safe anywhere! Perhaps it survived the earthquake only to be drenched in the upcoming hurricane!

Fezman92
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posted 08-23-2011 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ilbasso:
Perhaps it survived the earthquake only to be drenched in the upcoming hurricane!

I'm thinking along those lines as well. Luckily all of my stuff is either securely packed away in padded boxes which are in larger boxes which are put in a safe place, or in slip-covers that are in binders which are between shelves, or they are firmly in the walls on screws that are anchored into the walls. As a precaution, I may move some of my stuff.

MarylandSpace
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posted 08-23-2011 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was mowing the lawn on my John Deere at the time and knew nothing of the earthquake until several hours later.

I hope all my cS friends are safe now and will be safe from Irene.

Fra Mauro
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posted 08-24-2011 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In New York, things were fine after we realized what it was. After everything we have been through it wasn't so bad. The TV stations of course get very dramatic and milk it to the extreme.

gleopold
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posted 08-24-2011 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gleopold   Click Here to Email gleopold     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The house swayed back and forth for about 15 seconds, not at all like the jolt we felt a few years ago. The frequency reach a peaked, then descended, which was unexpected. A couple of pictures fell off the book shelves and a squirrel's nest fell out of a pine tree. I noticed all the bars here in Reston were full by 4 p.m., so it was good for the local economy....

David Carey
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posted 08-24-2011 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gleopold:
I noticed all the bars here in Reston were full by 4 p.m., so it was good for the local economy....
Well George, I'd have been right there with them. I know it was modest by California standards but even the little 4.0 I've experienced was quite un-nerving. Glad you're OK and hope the same holds for all other cS-ers in the area... and of course the squirrel.

stsmithva
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posted 08-24-2011 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gleopold:
I noticed all the bars here in Reston were full by 4 p.m., so it was good for the local economy....

Ha! I went grocery shopping last night, and it seemed as if everyone over 21 was buying wine or beer. Aftershock stress reliever!

It was quite strong in a small townhouse about 70 miles from the epicenter. I didn't think for an instant "large truck right out on the street." I thought "nuclear bomb."

On a collecting note, I have a variety of models and other delicate items, but with a three-year-old in the house I pretty much always assume every day they are in danger of being shaken and store them securely.

Fezman92
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posted 08-24-2011 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume you figured it wasn't a nuke when no mushroom clouds appeared? Or when there was no EMP wave?

Spacepsycho
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posted 08-24-2011 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to diminish your earthquake experience, but having lived close to the epicenters of a 6.7, 6.9, 6.9, 7.5, 6.5, 6.1 and many hundreds of 4.0 - 5.9 earthquakes, my thoughts are with you guys.

I don't display anything important anymore, after losing thousands of dollars of antique crystal in the Northridge earthquake, when a china cabinet fell over face down.

To this day when I hear or feel rumbling, even from a passing truck, I get into survival mode and start moving to my son.

Scott, maybe you can ask a few of your buddies in the USN, about a high pitched frequency sound, that came across the SOSUS net 6 hours before the 9.0 Indonesian earthquake.

SkyMan1958
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posted 08-24-2011 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My daughter is flying from here (Silicon Valley) to D.C. tomorrow to start Georgetown U. Clearly Mother Nature was just letting all you DC'ites know that a CA. girl is coming to town...

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