8.30.2011

Mainers feel the effects of Va. quake

Portland, Maine — Southern Maine felt the effects of the earthquake magnitude 5.9, which rocked the Virginia and its environs Tuesday afternoon.

Soon after the BDN tweeted the news, people reported feeling the quake in Portland, Brunswick and Yarmouth.

"I'm in Portland and I felt, although it was very slight," said Kyle Cronin.

"Yarmouth, feel it," Luke Thomas said on Twitter. "Thought it was a train".

Thomas, a student of the University of Maine in Yarmouth, was enjoying a day when the rumbling is occurred.

"I kind of feel the shake and I was rather surprised, at first I thought the washing machine in the basement exploded," he said. ' I asked my girlfriend, ' do you feel shaking House? ' He was like, ' Oh it must train. ' "

Thomas said that the earthquake lasted about "20 to 25 seconds."

Holly Shelburne, who works in the communications and public affairs office-Bowdoin College in Brunswick, said the University had a Facebook page, numerous responses about the earthquake.

"I was active on Twitter and Facebook at the time, and you see all people and our tweeting about earthquake alumni."

When Shelburne started to feel the quake, he thought that it was building.

By BDN columnist Matthew Gagnon is based in Washington, D.C. He was on the 14th floor of his building when he felt the quake.

"At first it felt like the wind squash encircling his type really is," and then it kind of put down for a second, really aggressive for 10 seconds., you can't see the buildings shake.

"Strange things were pretty quiet," he said. "Pumping the air out of our House was very orderly, very quickly."

Maine Natives who live in Virginia also shared their experiences Tuesday's quake.

Nadezhda Cairnie, Sangerville, Maine, native who lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, about 60 miles from the earthquake's epicentre, said the noise at first sounded like a truck, going to her house, he got louder and the ground started shaking.

"He gradually obtained larger and larger, and then you realized that it was an earthquake," she said. "You don't think that you will never have an earthquake, VA. especially big."

Kern said "it shook the whole House, everything started shaking, furniture started moving, swaying curtains". She and her daughter, Hayley, combining pristine younger children, and everyone went to bath downstairs. "It looks like it took forever to stop; it's just keep going.

Her husband Russell Cairnie, Richmond, Epicenter, about 20 miles high rise buildings in building a working in one of his accountant, why the ongoing construction in the area before the employees slowly started I thought the earthquake, he said. Earthquake grows, overhead doors for open and closed, shaking the building started and fell to the pictures of the desk, he said.

"It was quite violent," he said.

The effects of the earthquake could be felt all over the area of Hampton Roads of Virginia, including 121 miles in Newport News, Virginia

George and Kathy Wade were both in their home riverfront Ferguson Cove, within 5 kilometres above the James River Bridge, from before the event began.

"I was sitting in a Chair and my chair rocked," said Kathy Hamm Wade, Brewer native has lived in the area over the past 46 years. "I thought maybe I didn't have the legs to rest are locked in. Then I looked up and the doors of France between Florida and the kitchen swinging back and forth and the lights all sway.

"We just came off in check around the House," he added. "We do not appear to damage all."

Wade called for her husband, Maine Maritime Academy graduate and retired Vice President of the Newport News shipbuilding and docking, which was at the top, at the time.

"The whole House, I swear, swayed back and forth. George said that he thought it seemed like it was going up and down, "she added. "I feel like I was in a kind of Busch Gardens ride for a while."

Wade estimated that the effects lasted for about six or seven seconds in all.

"The newspaper daily press [Newport News] registered it 5.8 in the Hampton Roads area and one of the reasons it was half mile down the Earth happened, was so far, because there is only one," said Wade. "I know not, that I've always felt before." "Were there two in Richmond in last year."

Indicate recent wadek Son Chris Arts Academy the Maritime domain is currently the captain of the tugboat at the Hampton Roads port of Quake felt while on his boat.

"Chris texted me and he said," Wow, what a quake "and my son Nathan felt it inside the building at the shipyard where he works," said Wade. "Chris said water was swelling around his boat."

Although the earthquakes on the West Coast where the East Coast, Alice r. Kelley, research professor at the University of Maine said that the quakes are not unheard.

"It is unusual, but not from the system of things," she said. "The East Coast has the following small earthquake in moderate. It is not the kind of things in California or Japan. "

After learning of the earthquake in Virginia, Kelley examined that State quake history and found that only 10 in Virginia in the last 240 years have taken place.

Buildings in New York briefly shook. Government buildings in the city, including City Hall, were evacuated. The federal courthouse 26-story in lower Manhattan has watched hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. Judiciary officials were not letting people back in.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a 3.7 miles Deep. The Quake was in the mineral oils, VA. Louisa County.

Writers of Badalona Diana Bowley, Andrew Neff and Ryan McLaughlin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Cairnie hope is the daughter of Bowley. Kathy Wade is aunt of the Neff.

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