Puzzled East Coasters: An earthquake? No way

MINERAL, Texas (AP) — the reputation of the territory of Georgia for a few minutes, it was a question: what rang? The answer — a rare East Coast earthquake, magnitude 5.8 — had much of a list of the most unused land is shaking.

In Washington and New York. Their brain is raw thought, soon turned to terrorism in small towns and rural areas near the epicenter and other guesses ran the gamut: a truck. The failure of aircraft or train derailment break wall sound extreme to extend nuclear reactors.

After all, there are no known deaths or serious injuries, but cracks appeared in the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, which had three capstones, the destruction of the tower. Windows shattered and grocery stores in Virginia, where the earthquake was the Center were destroyed. In the White House and the Capitol were evacuated.

10.11-anniversary. September terrorist attacks only weeks ago, people are reeling under the psychological and emotional and poured from the tall buildings like the Empire State building in New York, sick with mental imagery and bombs.

Confirmed 60 flights, said, "I" accounting officer Caitlin Trupiano. "I wasn ' t wait to lift."

Chris Kardian his work from a remote parking at suburban Richmond vs fla epicenter opted for vs. prosaic and brands: he blamed his son's shaking in overhead in the playroom.

"Just thought that they had run out and be really loud," he said. "After about 15 seconds to didnt stop, and I thought, ' I don't have so many children in the House!" "

Most required only a few minutes, find out what it was: earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey said the Center 40 km northwest of Richmond, travel km under the surface of the Earth "and for a moment his words 12 million people."

The strongest earthquake shook buildings on the East coast of 67, to find and rattled nerves. There were reports of deaths, but officials in Washington said the fire was at least some of the violations.

United States Park Service evacuated and closed all the monuments and memorials on the National Mall. The Pentagon, the White House, Capitol and federal agencies in and around Washington was evacuated. Home direct dojeżdżających were fierce roads outside the city.

D.C. stressed-out mother of four, Marion Babcock, transport that is not from their usual 25 minutes spent two hours, have a reasonable thing for them tired, scared kids: "I treat them post traumatic stress with plenty of mint and chocolate cookie dough ice cream."

Between cell phones and social networks, news of the earthquake seemed to move faster than the temblor, himself.

Jenna Scanlon of Floral Park, N.Y., ended a phone call with a person in McLean, Virginia and announced to his colleagues in the Office, that there was an earthquake. Seconds later, 7 World Trade Center began to shake.

The damage scope — or lack of it — is also soon open was on social networks. Freeways is not collapsing, files on the walls of the Turkish people perverted picture frames, lawn chairs, broken, boblihids determination of milk Cup.

On Facebook, people joked with posts like "S & amp; p has downgraded the quake for a 2.0, "a theft in that rating agency recently lowered the federal Government's solvency. Another suggested that the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a great man, had only "jumped in" presidential race.

5.8. magnitude quake released so much energy almost eight CT of TNT, was dropped on Hiroshima, approximately half of the Japanese during the second world war, the power of the atomic bomb.

But those who are accustomed to nature along the West Coast, could not help but strike "or two."

"Really all this excited about an earthquake of 5.8 they originated in East Coast. Breakfast we have here, "writes Dennis Miller California stay fixed on the line dividing Pleasanton feel at home."

5.8 speaking will not alarm could not be even in his sleep from him.

"We laugh," said 26-year-old San Francisco resident Stellamarie Hall, "but we certainly understand that New York and some urban areas not designed around earthquake."

The earthquake that devastated Japan has released more than 60,000 times more energy than w 's, but Tuesday was the actual damages. The majestic National Cathedral, Washington at least three of the four highest rocks on the central tower fell on, and cracks appeared in the flying buttresses on the East side of the Cathedral, the oldest part of the structure. The top of the Washington monument has a tear.

The ceiling tiles fell to the ground at Reagan National Airport. Smithsonian Gothic Castle, built in 1857, had smaller cracks, and broken glass. And shaking vigorously left a crack and holes in the ceiling in the historic Union Station when a piece of plaster fell near the main entrance.

The church tower and the Bell Tower of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Baltimore, were seriously damaged and the building was closed as a precautionary measure.

Reading, PA, inspectors closed a motorway bridge after the identification of the pillar of the cracks, but said later it would have been there before.

West Virginia, environmental regulators sent engineers to inspect dams of massive coal slurry to destroy the entire community, if they have been on the release of billions of gallons of waste water and not.

Amtrak said the train on the Northeast corridor between Baltimore and Washington, to work at low speed and crew have been inspecting stations and railway infrastructure before going back to normal.

Earryl Reevey, which three heart attacks and travelling home for the funeral of his brother, seen shock after getting off the train from Baltimore Penn Station in New York.

"Suddenly, I felt someone caught me and me-like a baby", such as three seconds, waving Long Branch, n.j. "I heard from some people who were screaming and thought we would derail You remember. And then everything went normal. "

Although people know about what happened with some Quake braced for the worst to have triggered the tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the nuclear disaster in Japan.

"I knew that it was an earthquake, but my idea first, ' Oh Oh my God, something / arrives at the power plant," said the 21-year Whitney Thacker mineral, Virginia, a town near the epicentre, where sidewalks scattered with stones fallen masonry and glass broken. "It was frightening."

Dominion Virginia power to close down its two reactors, nuclear power plants in 10 miles to the quake Epicenter, but said that there was no evidence of damage to the decades-old North Anna power station.

By the standards of the West Coast, where they are much more frequent earthquakes, earthquake of Virginia was gentle. By 1900, there were 40 of magnitude 5.8 or greater in California alone. Forty-three were in the magnitude 6.

But it tends to be an earthquake in the East more widely felt a lot of one, the wave travels "pretty happy of miles," said U.s. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough. "

More than 12 million people live close enough to the epicentre of the quake being felt shaking. Still feeling small new attack on the Americans to 4.8 in power.

The last earthquake was equal powers to hit the East Coast, in New York City in 1944. The earthquake was the largest record East Coast 7.3, which hit South Carolina in 1886.

Fear was in some places.

Michael Leman had been cutting grass from a neighbouring mineral when a brick began by a fireplace and raised a tank of large propane on one foot on the ground floor.

"I think tank is to distribute the ' he said, and I ran with life."

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