What a day folks. The eastern seaboard of the US shaken on Tuesday afternoon when a 5.8 magnitude temblor shook as the workday was coming an end. The quake struck after 3 P.M. on a fault in Mineral, Louisa County ,VA about 90 miles southwest of Washington, DC. and 50 miles northwest of Richmond,VA.
The quake felt from Atlanta, GA in the South, to Montreal,QC North; Chicago out west. Buildings in cities on East Coast were evacuated spreading panic in the streets. Centuries old Brick building facades collapsed .
Nuclear Power plants up and down the coast shut down very briefly including the North Anna Power Plant nearby. President Obama was notified of the quake while hitting the links on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama family spending a ten-day vacation.
For people working at the Pentagon and New York City shades of September 11 Terror Attacks from ten years ago. From A.P. via Yahoo News:
The earthquake came less than three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and in both Washington and New York it immediately triggered fears of something more sinister than a natural disaster.
At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built until the building itself was shaking, and people ran into the corridors of the complex. The shaking continued there, to shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!”
The Park Service closed all monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and ceiling tiles fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington. All flights there were put on hold.
In lower Manhattan, the 26-story federal courthouse, blocks from ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks, began swaying, and hundreds of people streamed out of the building.
The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was in a meeting with top deputies planning security for the upcoming anniversary when the shaking started. Workers in the Empire State Building spilled into the streets, some having descended dozens of flights of stairs.
“I thought we’d been hit by an airplane,” said one worker, Marty Wiesner.
Another, Adrian Ollivierre, an accountant, was in his office on the 60th floor when the quake struck: “I thought I was having maybe a heart attack, and I saw everybody running. I think what it is, is the paranoia that happens from 9/11, and that’s why I’m still out here — because, I’m sorry, I’m not playing with my life.”
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