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Re: Quake and shake on eastern seaboard
Yes, West Coasters will think we are wimps but it shook our studio
hard! Things fell off walls and tables. And the studio was built in
1888 with 12 inch thick walls!
No phone service. Heard an explanation that West coast quakes are
like moving jello and East coast quakes are like moving rocks. It
made a loud noise too.
The cats blame us.
On Aug 23, 2011, at 2:24 PM, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:
Was working on my computer just before 2 PM when there was what
be a strong north-south movement. My 3rd floor abode can bounce to
traffic but this was far more intense. After a few seconds it stopped
(longitudinal P waves me thinks), to be followed by an even
stronger more vertical
motion (shaking S waves I presume). Is a near surface 5.8 out of
Virginia that was felt as far as NYC. Because the ground is harder
on the east
coast quake motions are transmitted much further than on the softer
west coast. It is possible that these are Pleistocene quakes
crustal adjustments in response to the current lack of glacial mass
north. If a really big one hits we are toast due to lack of
Is the first quake I have ever actually felt. Reminds me of earlier
summer when at Jim Farlow's Pipe Creek screening we watched and
felt 16 tonnes
of Amfo (same fertilizer-kerosene mix used by McVey) to blast off
tonnes (weight of an Iowa class battleship) of a limestone quarry
almost half a mile away, producing immediate stong vertical shaking
two or three seconds later by modest rumbling roar.
Of course this is trivia to west coasters.