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Magnitude 5.8 Quake Hits Virginia, Shakes Manhattan

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And so even the ground in Manhattan is shaking. Now... who is the lucky one to pull the short straw and check up on Indian Point? In other news, we are now long continental plates and short granite bedrock.

Magnitude 5.9
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:03 UTC
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM at epicenter
Location 37.975°N, 77.969°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
  • 6 km (4 miles) SSE (152°) from Louisa, VA
  • 6 km (4 miles) SW (236°) from Mineral, VA
  • 26 km (16 miles) SE (133°) from Gordonsville, VA
  • 66 km (41 miles) NW (318°) from Richmond, VA
  • 134 km (83 miles) SW (219°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.9 km (6.8 miles); depth +/- 7.4 km (4.6 miles)
Parameters NST=390, Nph=390, Dmin=57.9 km, Rmss=1.17 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005ild

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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:31 | 1591396 circusoflife
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quake was very shallow  - 1 kilometer - says "poorly constrained"  (Never seen that remark on a USGS earthquake -- and I seen plenty) seems to be down/unavailable...



Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:31 | 1591400 goldfreak
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Now they can blame everything on this for the next 20 years

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:32 | 1591408 --Freedom--
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Earthquake bearish for gold? Why is gold hitting the low of the day, 1848, half hour after the quake?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:36 | 1591436 --Freedom--
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:03 | 1591601's picture

Why is gold hitting the low of the day, 1848, half hour after the quake?


It's shaking out the weak hands, of course.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:33 | 1591412 Cman5000
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Colorado got hit with a 5.3 also ...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:36 | 1591437 kito
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we are about to experience the end of the worlds monetary system and the boards are lighting up over a minor earthquake? wait to the u.s. defaults. that will really cause tremors...........

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:13 | 1591631 Shell Game
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Shakes and Circuses, Kito...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:36 | 1591438 Sandy15
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When they evacuated buildings in DC, the market started selling off.  Now that people were allowed back in the buildings they started pumping up the market mega fast again. 

Can anyone say FED RESERVE market?  They are purchasing 70% of it.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:37 | 1591443 Alex Kintner
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I felt this in CT (near Hartford). Thought I was having a Gastric Event. Hope no one got hurt.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:05 | 1591606's picture

That must have been one hell of an "event." I'm sure not going to be digging for any survivors.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:03 | 1591902 Alex Kintner
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LOL. tipped.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:38 | 1591449 djsmps
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Maybe it was the Richmond Fed, since no one except zerohedge reported on their abysmal performance numbers.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:42 | 1591482 lolmao500
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And what people are gonna do when Washington DC get nuked? People need to fucking man up.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:44 | 1591487 lizzy36
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I can hardly wait for this event to be the next excuse for a)q3 eps miss(es) b)increase in unemployment and c)bad economy.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:44 | 1591488 e_goldstein
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maybe god is just trying to show Lloyd the type of work He actually does.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:44 | 1591490 crzyhun
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Yup it was true...on the phone with the littlw woman and I got 8 secds of vertigo, and she notices it too. wow- we are in Eastrn PA. Really something.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:45 | 1591501 monopoly
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Hope all are well back East.

1835 down 71 dollars so far This is what we needed. Unlike this country I can take some short term pain for long term gains.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:47 | 1591518 marcusfenix
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colorado had a 4.6 at 11:49 pm last night followed by a 5.3 at about 6am this morning, now this 5.9. I was at last night and earlier this morning watching what appeared to be a definite pattern of uniform seismic activity planet wide  develop, as has been the case quite often over the last year or so. It looks like the entire earth is being rung like a bell. the question right now is are these main events or just pre-events? I have to admit to being mildly alarmed, should be an interesting next few days.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:56 | 1591564 Winston Smith 2009
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A black hole generated by the LHC did not instantly evaporate as predicted, but instead sank to the Earth's core where it is gradually sucking in molten iron.  This will accelerate over time as the black hole's mass grows and will eventually lead to major, worldwide earthquakes and sink holes the size of major cities.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:42 | 1592664 Chupacabra
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Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:35 | 1592065 Cathartes Aura
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It looks like the entire earth is being rung like a bell. the question right now is are these main events or just pre-events?

the next couple of months will prove to be the "main events" for many, I'd encourage you and any others curious to get up to whatever speed is comfortable for you. . . then push that line a bit. 

last week had a handful of 7.0+ in Vanuatu. north of NZ - after a day or so, some of the "monitors" downgraded the quakes to 5.0+ - there's been a lot of that "going back in to alter the facts" lately, and not only in the "markets". . . it's good to look at different sites for information now, in all areas.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:48 | 1591521 Tydown4fun
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Just reported that 2 nuclear reactors in VA were taken off-line as a precautionary measure.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:53 | 1591842 TheDriver
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You can follow DOM's tweets here if you're interested.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:50 | 1591523 Winston Smith 2009
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Government sources in DC deny that quake took place.  Geithner to spend $1.5 trillion to prove it.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:52 | 1591545 plocequ1
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Wow, I felt my chair shaking here on long island. i thought of Reverend Brown. "Theres a God somewheres, Who sits up high and looks down low".




Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:53 | 1591552 iamtheeggman wh...
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Quite a few Baltimorons on the board. I live just North of the city. My house shook, things fell off of the walls, shelves etc. Everything rattling. Closing down the colleges, schools, etc. Minor fires reported, brick chimneys falling. etc. My first earthquake. Most folk here are not used to this ... goes back to 1886 for a larger quake. Saying it was felt from the Carolinas to Mass.

My cats are still in hiding.Scared the H out of them.

Cell phone use is problematic- many are not working. Land lines are. No major damage so far reported.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:01 | 1591582 Winston Smith 2009
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"Cell phone use is problematic- many are not working. Land lines are."

For about a day after 9/11, the cell phone system where I lived was massively overloaded and I don't live anywhere near NYC or DC.

People who don't have a wired connection to the world as a backup are fools.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 20:52 | 1592548 Ident 7777 economy
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Good  observation.


Most folk don't understand the limited provisioning of 'channels' in a cell site nor grasp the concept of 'trunking' as it relates to assigning voice calls in a limited available resource like a 24 channel T-span (just to simplify things) ...


There is NO WAY each available cell phone subscriber is going to 'get a channel' to make a phone call if he and everyone else suddenly wants to make a call.



Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:45 | 1591788 New_Meat
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"Quite a few Baltimorons..."

I like it, we need to come up with a consolidated list.

I'll add Masshole to the list ;-)

- Ned

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:58 | 1591572 Dr. Acula
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I think there was an accident at the Large Hadron Collider:


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:01 | 1591591 Winston Smith 2009
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Yes, I described it above.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 14:58 | 1591577 Bubba Schwartz
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No shaking felt here in Helsinki.

I think it was George Washington's body, buried in Mt Vernon, Virginia, ramping up to about 40,000 RPM. 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:01 | 1591594 stant
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better get to church early sunday if ya want a seat on the eastern usa

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:05 | 1591607 PulauHantu29
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"Nuclear Power Plants are safe," the Virginia rep told the people.


...and then...


"But it's only a tiny leak...."

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:05 | 1591608 caerus
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cnbs says the prez is playing golf...fore!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:07 | 1591612 PulauHantu29
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My cousin is in Perth and he felt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:07 | 1591615 marcusfenix
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was that Irene clearing her throat and getting ready to sing? possible cat. 4 by wed or thurs and looking prime to wreck the east coast..

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:12 | 1591636 pazmaker
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We are getting ready for Irene here in the Carolinas!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:10 | 1591623 lizzy36
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Best tweet so far on earthquake:

"that was chris christie jumping into presdential race".

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:11 | 1591632 pazmaker
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I got a good laugh out of that one!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:10 | 1591630 PulauHantu29
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NYSE soaring...."quake very bullish for the GDP," Wall Street pronounces.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:13 | 1591642 PulauHantu29
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Dominion Virginia Nuclear Plant Loses Power in Quake, Is Running on Diesel

By Tina Davis

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:19 | 1591669 Piranhanoia
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Living on the ring of fire, we want you to know this was not a "big one", but it does give you a small idea.  Big would be big.  Do buildings have a seismic retrofit requirement as we do in the west?   Check for cracks if you are nearby the epicenter, and see about water line breaks. 

Hope you don't get this regularly.  You have to deal with DC already.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:47 | 1591798 Jim in MN
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Sitting in a very large govt building right by the National Mall in DC, two very sharp shocks, could see the entire wall of windows opposite me do the shimmy.  Everyone got up and got out in under a minute.

Right at the edge of major damage but not quite.  Lot of inspections going on now, Metro subway running at 15 mph, all roads clogged.

Some interior home damage in DC/VA metro, a spire fell from National Cathedral, more significant but not major damage in Richmond.

North Anna plant lost power, had to be shut down manually (not normal), on diesel.

Probably some bad damage near the epicenter but no reports yet.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:58 | 1591869 Jim in MN
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Correction to North Anna plant status: "North Anna's operators were preparing to manually shut down the units after the quake when the power station's operating system automatically powered down both units."

--Richmond Times-Dispatch


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:51 | 1591823 Cole Younger
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5.9 is nothing to get shook up over...unless of coarse you don't live in earth quake country. Wake me up when you get a 6.5 or above...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 15:59 | 1591858 smore
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FYI: Cohen admitted "Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves." in 1997

Well, he said it was "others", do you trust him?


Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:27 | 1592553 Ident 7777 economy
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"Prison planet" - what kind of a reference is that?



For prison guards or something?


Sounds kinda dumb (like a trade pub) ... although Australia was once a 'prison' too ... a 'prison island' (no offense to Australians) run by the Brits ...




Tue, 08/23/2011 - 16:14 | 1591978 Trying to Understand
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taken from my fb page:

THIS JUST IN: 5.9 earthquake hits Virginia near D.C. obama says its Bush's fault. Palin claims its a GOP elephant stampede. Pat Roberson says its God's wrath for D.C. deal with the devil, and Danny Glover says mother nature is taking revenge for failing to pass cap-&-trade. Alex Jones claims is a false-flag event created by HAARP to force us in to FEMA camps.
Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:15 | 1592232 samlowrey
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God weighing in on the DSK charges being dropped.........

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:17 | 1592238 Ignorance is bliss
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I felt it between my legs where my hand was....and it felt good. I am amazed that the people in Va felt it too.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:41 | 1592312 Silver Dreamer
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The building North of Charlottesville that I was in shook violently for about 30 seconds.  We are 30 miles from the epicenter.  The shaking was not a big deal.  All that was doing was making us look around and think, "WTF is that?"  Then in the middle of the shaking, we were all jerked sideways a few inches.  That's what got people's attention.  After that happened, there was no doubt what the rest of the rumbling was around it.  We had a conference call ongoing, and the people on the other end were shocked when we said, "Uh, we have to go.  We are having an earthquake!"  LOL

On a lighter note, are you a "pussy" man?

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:41 | 1592323 toxic8
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anyone on a fat line/ have a server with the new DEUS Ex: Human Revolution?

ya know, I swear if there was one game I could bet ZHers would love ... I know at least a few of you fackers are getting your conspiracy on!  tried the leaked beta it was SICK kid..broson!


hit me up at jaladinozozo at gmail dot com

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:44 | 1592672 Chupacabra
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You pussies!  Out here in SoCal we don't even stop typing when one of these hits.  ;)

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