I Just Felt My First Earthquake......

Lounge By Baker_Rose Updated 25 Aug 2011 , 2:59pm by SarahBeth3

Baker_Rose Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 6:29pm
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Wow. I'm surfing and typing and my house shook. I looked outside thinking something exploded over at the drilling company. An earthquake hit Virginia and we felt it good here in Western Pa!!!

Wow.

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JustBakedCakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 6:46pm
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I felt it too!! Here in Norfolk ,VA. My whole house shook. Pretty freaky!!

QueDeeCakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 6:52pm
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My office building shook...and i'm on the 10th floor

Baker_Rose Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:04pm
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It's probably nothing to the California dwellers, but wow, I didn't think I'd ever feel one at home. A 5.9 several hundred miles away!! What did it feel like in Richmond!!

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trixieleigh Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:06pm
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My dad felt it in Raleigh, NC too!

fondantgrl Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:07pm
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I am in Northern California and this is very normal for us... in the 1989 big earthquake in San Francisco/Bay Area, I experienced that.. it is a very weird feeling..

madicakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:09pm
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I felt it here in south-central PA too...my first one. Very weird feeling.

sheeny Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:11pm
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I felt the tremors too... here in Toronto!

wafawafa Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:11pm
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I ask GOD to keep you safe all , I heared about it in the news ((ALJAZEERA NETWORK)) ..oooh
I worry about you all, GOD BLESS U AND KEEP U SAFE AND PROTECT U

cattycornercakes Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:14pm
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We felt it here in Delaware too...pretty crazy!

jason_kraft Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:17pm
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A 5.9 quake isn't too bad...the Loma Pretia quake in the San Francisco area in 1989 was 7.1, so it was more than 10 times as strong as today's quake.

jones5cm Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:22pm
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I'm in the Shenandoah Valley, VA (45 minutes from the epicenter)...not so bad (it was my first too!). Scary at first just not knowing what it was...now all of us here in the office are laughing at the posts on facebook...it would be a different story had there been any damage (or maybe we just don't know it yet!)
Chris

Baker_Rose Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:27pm
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It reminds me of the scene in the movie "L.A. Story" where they are having lunch and the quake is bad enough to move whole tables across the floor, yet no one seems to notice and they all go about their business.

My first reaction was for my 19 year old son. I went outside and when nothing seemed different, but all the chickens were throwing a F*I*T. I came back in a went to his bedroom and asked him "WHAT did you DO!!??" He didn't even notice, he's playing video games.

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Any advice from California for us NOOBs?? It was a very queasy feeling. How do you get through minutes of that without throwing up?

WillowsCry Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:32pm
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Well, the 3 tier wedding cake I was working on didn't collapse so I guess I stacked it well. At least I can tell the bride it was earthquake tested and approved. I'm in NC btw.

WillowsCry Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:35pm
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Originally Posted by Baker_Rose



My first reaction was for my 19 year old son. I went outside and when nothing seemed different, but all the chickens were throwing a F*I*T. I came back in a went to his bedroom and asked him "WHAT did you DO!!??" He didn't even notice, he's playing video games.




LOVE IT! icon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif

jason_kraft Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:36pm
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Quakes rarely last for minutes...the Loma Pretia quake was only about 15 seconds, I believe today's was 30-45 seconds.

The 9.0 quake in Japan earlier this year lasted 3-5 minutes but that was very unusual -- that quake was more than 1000 times stronger than today's quake.

AnnieCahill Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:48pm
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Yeah I'm so upset because I DIDN'T feel it. I was out on the freakin' sidewalk taking a late lunch and did not feel a thing! Everyone in my office building felt it as well as my old employer across the street. My mom, husband, and friend felt it too. How the hell can you be out on the street and not feel a thing?

CarolinaCakeMom Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:52pm
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We were shaking in Chapel Hill, NC. Lasted 4-5 seconds.

instant-gratificaketion Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 7:56pm
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Originally Posted by WillowsCry

Well, the 3 tier wedding cake I was working on didn't collapse so I guess I stacked it well. At least I can tell the bride it was earthquake tested and approved. I'm in NC btw.





LMAO! thumbs_up.gif

Glad you all are okay. I didn't feel a thing here in SE Texas. icon_lol.gif

knlcox Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 8:05pm
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I'm in Sumter, SC and I didn't feel a thing. I'm so glad you all are safe, whomever felt it!!

Karadactyl Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 8:12pm
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Felt it here in good ol' central MD! I honestly thought it was my garage door opener!

SammieB Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 9:08pm
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Originally Posted by Baker_Rose

It reminds me of the scene in the movie "L.A. Story" where they are having lunch and the quake is bad enough to move whole tables across the floor, yet no one seems to notice and they all go about their business.




I LOVE THAT MOVIE! And outside of my family I don't know anyone who has seen it. I've tried to get my husband to watch it numerous times and he never has.

BizCoCos Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 9:37pm
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I was in Japan in 05 and felt an earthquake, yes, the earth does shift, I was sleeping on the floor in a traditional bed and you feel the earth actually shifting, took it well but don't want to experience it ever again. They are not as uncommon in us but rarely register high enough, my sister just told me her bed shook and her walls, we're in Philly

Darthburn Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 9:42pm
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In Southern California here... glad you're all safe... and...

Welcome to the club! You're no longer earthquake virgins! haha! icon_smile.gif

My prayers are with you all still pending hurricane Irene though. icon_smile.gif

SarahBeth3 Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 9:57pm
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill

Yeah I'm so upset because I DIDN'T feel it. I was out on the freakin' sidewalk taking a late lunch and did not feel a thing! Everyone in my office building felt it as well as my old employer across the street. My mom, husband, and friend felt it too. How the hell can you be out on the street and not feel a thing?




I'm in Southern CT this week and I didn't feel a thing. I was at the pool watching my kids and I felt the same way as you. How do you not feel anything when you are sitting in a chair at an outdoor pool! Maybe it didn't reach here, but everyone around us is saying they felt something.

imagenthatnj Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 10:00pm
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Felt it in NYC, too. Thought I was dizzy from eating so much candy. Hadn't experienced one for years, since I was a child in South America.

Yes, hope Hurricane Irene doesn't do much damage.

SuzyQ2505 Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 10:01pm
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AnnieCahill, what were you drink,er having for lunch?!? I think I will stay in Wi. LOL

AnnieCahill Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 10:38pm
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Seriously guys I didn't feel anything, neither did my friend who was with me. I felt so ripped off. As an earth science and geography major in college, it would have been a big deal for me to experience it first hand. But I talked to a few people at work who were out at the time and they said they didn't feel it either. So maybe I'm not crazy. icon_smile.gif

gscout73 Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:06pm
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Originally Posted by WillowsCry

Well, the 3 tier wedding cake I was working on didn't collapse so I guess I stacked it well. At least I can tell the bride it was earthquake tested and approved. I'm in NC btw.




I can see your advertising now....."Earthquake tested, Mother Nature approved!!"

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JessDesserts Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 11:35pm
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Im in New York, on Long Island and I really thought it was me. I thought I was having some bizarre vertigo episode.

When I realized what it was, I could hardly believe it.

It was my first and hopefully my last earthquake. My heart goes out to all the people that have ever experienced that.

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