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earthquake aftermath

According to USGS I'm 35 miles NE from the epicenter (it's the other side of Lake Anna, closer to Louisa) and I'm hearing 5.8 and 5.9 as the official number now. So that is why it felt (and sounded - I didn't realize earthquakes were that nosier!) so strong! Definitely the longest 30 seconds of my life.

We are fine. Things were knocked off shelves, items like brooms were knocked over and the cats are FREAKED but no damage. Hopefully we won't discover anything later - our houses/buildings around here aren't really built for earthquakes!

The cell phones are still flaky, we can receive calls but can't really make any. The system is just that jammed.

Oh and I've been corrected by my Mother, this is my third earthquake. Number one was when I was an infant (yeah don't remember) and number two I was 7 (it was at night, I slept through it). I don't think those count do you? :P

Everything seems bizarrely normal now... so strange.


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yummyone From: yummyone Date: August 23rd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC) (link)
What a freaky experience! Glad to know that everything seems to be fine.
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: August 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Now you know what it's like here in California! LOL! Honestly a 6.0 isn't really that bad; you get used to them and there's an "OMG!" factor at first, but so long as there's no lasting damage, you pick up the things that fell over, get tired of the sensationalist news coverage, and go back to whatever you were doing before it happened (usually, for us, sleep!).

When I heard it was in VA, I thought of you! Glad to hear you're okay! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 23rd, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC) (link)
It's funny all the years I lived in CA I never experienced an earthquake ('cause we aren't counting #1 & #2!). I used to feel a little left out!

Sounds like it's a much more exciting thing here in Virginia though since we aren't prepared for them here, the buildings aren't built for them and this is the biggest earthquake in the state since 1897. Definitely more bang for your buck. :P
olde_fashioned From: olde_fashioned Date: August 23rd, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL it's CA saying hi to you!

Yeah when I heard that DC had evacuated, I didn't blame them at all. My first thought would have been most likely the same as everyone else's (terrorist attack), but even an earthquake would be cause to skedaddle because of the buildings!

I heard the Washington Monument might be tilting...!??!?!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: August 23rd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad you guys are ok - you were way closer to the epicenter than we were and we felt it really good where we were!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 28th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I wonder just how much stronger it was for me than for you... really interesting the affects of earthquakes. :>
bellamissella From: bellamissella Date: August 23rd, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad you're ok! It's kind of fun to be able to say you've experienced one, but when you're in the moment it's kinda hard not to freak out! :P
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 28th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC) (link)
Exactly! It was in interesting thing to experience for sure...
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: August 23rd, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad to know that you are O.K. (I slept through one the first time I was in L A so I cannot really imagine what you went through.)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 28th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC) (link)
This one was definitely not the sleeping through kind! I missed most of the aftershocks though apparently, only one has woken me up.
redthreaded From: redthreaded Date: August 23rd, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC) (link)
That was crazy wasn't it? That was my first earthquake, I was home alone in my sewing room and my thought process went: truck rumbling--someone doing maintenance on the walls--omg the walls are MOVING--bomb?--maybe I'm going crazy like that girl in that one House episode--OH, it's an EARTHQUAKE!!--crap what am I supposed to do in one of these things again?

Glad to hear everything is OK up there. I know the CA folks are probably scoffing at the lot of us, but it was quite scary and unexpected for the east coast. My cats were flipping out.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 28th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah - the adrenaline rush was like nothing I've ever experienced before for sure! I’m glad you are okay too though!
joysdaughter From: joysdaughter Date: August 28th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Glad you are safe, though a bit shaken from the sound of it. Are you affected by the hurricane?
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