The unexpected earthquake Open Thread

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I have absolutely nothing to say about today’s East Coast earthquake, except that I’m glad no one was hurt.  I don’t see the quake as a portent from either God or Gaia.  It was just one of those things that happens.

Do you have any comments?

UPDATE:  The best tweet.

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  1. Charles Martel says

    I’m not too surprised by this quake. The East has had some fairly large temblors in the past–the 1886 Charlseton quake (<>7.0 on the Richter) and the Boston quake of 1755 (>6.0 on the Richter).

    But the granddaddies of all non-western quakes were the four New Madrid temblors in 1811-12, massive shakes that reached up to an estimated 8.0 in the Richter. That is some serious swaying. Anyway, those quakes pretty much leveled most communities in the Mississippi River Valley between Memphis and St. Louis, and even affected the flow of the river.

    The New Madrid Fault recently has begun showing a lot more activity. An 8.0 earthquake there, reverberating through the great river valley’s loose topsoils, would be catastrophically more destructive than anything that has ever hit San Francisco or Los Angeles.  

  2. dianemadeline says

    I was at work in my library in Arlington for the earthquake. A low rumbling started before the shaking. I have never experienced an earthquake before so had no idea what was happening. Then everything started to shake and rattle – there are metal shelves in the bookcases. I honestly thought it was some kind of attack. I figured out it was an earthquake when it seemed to go on for too long. I didn’t expect the experience to make me feel nauseous and wonder if it was the thought of an attack or the movement of the earth that made me feel that way.

  3. Charles Martel says

    Easy for you to make a joke about it, Indigo. Have you ever really seen a mob of fiftyish, white, pot-bellied, balding Judeo-Christian men in Bermuda shorts and high black socks commandeer a public space with their homemade placards, wives, sign-up booths and rented bullhorns? Not to mention the utter spotlessness of the plazas and squares they demonstrate in after disturbing them with their caterwauling. The eerily whistle-clean appearance is appallingly anal-retentive—a foretaste, so to speak, of what they would do to this country if they ever got into power.

  4. says

    I’ll have you know, Charles, I am one of those fiftyish, white, pot-bellied, balding Judeo-Christian men in Bermuda shorts and high black socks and the next time our TEA Party Patriots meet, I’ll bring up (again!) the cleanliness thing.

  5. SADIE says

    dianemadeline
     
    I didn’t expect the experience to make me feel nauseous and wonder if it was the thought of an attack or the movement of the earth that made me feel that way.


    For what it’s worth…earthquakes leave me nauseous with a headache. No cruise ships for me, they feel like a constant low grade quake. Luckily, I was driving during the event – never felt a thing. 


    p.s.
    Indigo Red



    I’ll bring up (again!) the cleanliness thing.
     
    Be careful, the next thing they’ll accuse you of is godliness ;

     
     

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