On Tuesday, August 23, 2011 an earthquake was felt in most of the East coast area of the USA, a rare event. What did the quake, that cracked the Washington Monument and broke a few chimneys feel like? Read about it in this ac article here and what more common experiences it can be compared to.
While a quake this strong hasn’t been felt in the area for around 100 years, just last year there was another earthquake felt in MD (epicenter Gaithersburg). The 3.6 of July 16, 2010 wasn’t felt by all in the area, who definitely felt this one.
Tuesday’s earthquake was an interesting experience. There were some minor injuries but fortunately no serious injuries have been reported. Some roofs were damaged and bricks from a building landed on a vehicle in one area and a brick chimney smashed a heat pump fan in another area.
A four foot crack was discovered on the outside of the Washington Monument which also had damage on the inside. The National Cathedral suffered some broken spires and some fallen, broken angel sculptures with repairs to the damage estimated in the millions.
What did the earthquake feel like? This quake was a first for many in the area. The experience has been compared to an large unbalanced washing machine, strong enough to shake the whole house. Those standing felt like they were on a surfboard, trying to keep their balance. While buildings swayed some in cars may not have even felt it.
Here are some earthquake facts about this one in Virginia in 2011. The news reported it as high as a 6.0 but then settled on a 5.8. Theories are that the earth moved slowly North on one of the known fault lines on the East coast. The DC Metro Area was one of the areas closer to the center, found in Mineral, VA. Quite a few aftershocks, up to 4.8, have been felt by some, but not all in the area.
What did the quake feel like in your area? Have you experienced an earthquake before in another area? Did you feel it coming in your ears? What does an earthquake feel like to you? Did you feel any in 2012 or later on the East or Westcoast? After reading this associated content article, share your experience on riding the tectonic plates as they move in the comments below.
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