Magnitude 5.8 Quake Hits Virginia, Shakes Manhattan

Tyler Durden's picture

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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pvzh's picture

Newsboy: "Bullish"

Exactly. Previous Virginia's earthquake of 5.8 magnitude happened in 1897 which was a recovery year for the panic started in 1893 (see Wiki: Panic of 1893:

Probably a coincidence, but who knows.

malikai's picture

How far is all this from Indian Point?

A Man without Qualities's picture

about 300 miles southwest, I think...

New_Meat's picture

Try North Anna Station. - Ned

TheDriver's picture

DING DING DING - we have a winner.!/DomVaPower

trav7777's picture

no fkin people think that bc Indian Point is near the ALMIGHTY new york fucking city that it is the ONLY NPP on the east coast?

Lake Anna is known for good waterskiing precisely because of coolant flow from the NPPs there.  It's like Indian Point is the only plant anywhere near anyone...because of WALL STREET OMFG

malikai's picture

1. I don't give a fuck about NYC. I'd be just as happy to watch it burn.

2. I don't live there. It's not the center of the world for me. So I just asked, as I know it is for plenty of people here.

I just dug up some tidbits on North Anna from today.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Very strong movement felt 30 miles south of DC. I can only hope DC was swallowed by the swamp it is built on.

Cursive's picture

@Cog Dis

With out luck, it will create an impenetrable moat around the capital and foggy bottom.

Catullus's picture

I'm in bmore. Holy shit. Evac building now

TruthInSunshine's picture



If a massive earthquake caused the earth to open up in Manhattan, and swallow the Wall Street Bacterium whole, a scourge would be removed from the face of these United States.

Then, Las Vegas would remain, where people would be far better off, as they'd know their precise odds, and they wouldn't get shot in the head by the insiders and their Central Bankster jackals, as they left the casinos, in order to get their PIN numbers and steal their retirement accounts.

Cursive's picture

Good reason to "close" the NYSE and Nas....

mirac's picture

I would expect New York to be hit badly by a quake at some point in the future, and that is probably the near future.  Believe there's a fault line through there ...besides, everyone should stay away from coastal regions in general

TruthInSunshine's picture



Well, Irene is coming.

Maybe it will miss Florida, Georgia, N. & S. Carolina...Just saying...

caerus's picture

the earth is angry my friends...

kridkrid's picture

I don't think the earth gives a shit.'s picture

The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at a deli.

mfoste1's picture

i think it was just barney frank farting

spiderinthenorth's picture

We just felt it in Toronto Canada


Catullus's picture

I'm in bmore. Holy shit. Evac building now

Waterfallsparkles's picture

Yep, really shook here in Baltimore.

Waterfallsparkles's picture

Yep, really shook here in Baltimore.

MsCreant's picture

So are these posts of yours like "aftershocks?"

firstdivision's picture

Felt it here in Cleveland.

sabra1's picture

relax! janet napolitano had 5 burritos for lunch! am sure the crack has expanded!

Rockfish's picture

There pouring out of bal city like rats from a sinking ship

mynhair's picture

Pissants freak over a 5.8.  Get a life.

Ms. Erable's picture

No shit. West coasters don't even get out of bed for something this insignificant.

Incubus's picture

Gotta have something to spice up their corporate-designed lives.  5.8 is as good as any 7.0+ as long as it provides a "short-lived" distraction. Like MSM: it's just diversions: sound bytes and trivial information for a society without any meaningful purpose.  Exist for profits and die for profits in a safely designed ecosystem manned by our wise and great government and corporate watchmen; a safe simulation without any of the true hazards of actually living.

trav7777's picture

the geology is different here...quakes propagate significantly further and with less loss of energy over distance

thedrickster's picture

Trav is right-on, I felt it in Chicago. It was very light, felt as though my chair was on jello for a few seconds.

Commander Cody's picture

No worries, just the Earth passing some shale gas.

Irish66's picture

We shock like a chandler

Commander Cody's picture

Shook like a chandelier?  WTF?

Irish66's picture

Sorry my first experience at this.  Spelling came in second.

Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

welcome to fight club. Those Spelling Gestapo people are pussies.  See ya around.

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

Moochelle Antoinette must have just seen her husband's new 38% Gallup approval number.

Ident 7777 economy's picture





Plates/Fine China (double entendre not intended) hitting the dining room walls ...



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