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02:08 pm: Yikes! 5.8 Earthquake!

I was gonna sleep another hour, but the last few minutes has been too exciting. I turned the TV on, and nobody knew anything about it, nor did the Weather channel online or on TV. Then the NBC middle-of-day person came on and talked about Libya. Then she said we had a 5.8 earthquake from Mineral, VA and that the Capitol and Pentagon were being evacuated. It woke me up well enough to make sure we were all out of the bedroom -- the bookcases aren't attached to the wall -- and Junie hid for her good spot in the bedroom by herself. Apparently they're feeling jiggles up in Manhattan.

More later.

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From:green_knight
Date:August 23rd, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yikes. Glad you're all ok & hope the damage wasn't too bad. That quake seems to travel - Twitter has reports up to Boston and as far inland as Ohio,
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 24th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
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Yeah, we heard all the way up to Toronto, so I'll have to see if James felt it.
From:zeborahnz
Date:August 23rd, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Cats do know how to hide. :-) Keep safe with aftershocks. If you want news quickly from this sort of thing, I generally find Twitter and/or the radio to be fastest.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 24th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
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Well, Loki's safe place is nothing like that, but fortunately, he'll follow me. We've had two aftershocks that we haven't felt and the feds say we probably won't get a big one because we're solid rock rather than lots of bumps.
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From:ritaxis
Date:August 23rd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Yikes indeed. 5.8 is a respectable earthquake, but so far the news is indicating not so much damage. Good luck! Maybe you want to sleep in the livingroom for a few days in case of aftershocks. And later, get those bookshelves tied to the wall!
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 24th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
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There's been 2.x aftershocks and we haven't felt those. Some places weren't built well -- spires fell off the National Cathedral, a lot of brick facades came off buildings, -- but so far, nobody's been hurt. There is a massive traffic jam because so many people figured if they got evacuated, they should just go home.
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