Written by Rachel Kirkpatrick, Editor Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:12
TUESDAY, 3:01 p.m. — Above is a map of the earthquake epicenter, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
TUESDAY, 2:50 p.m. — Reactions to this afternoon’s earthquake from residents continue to come in. Resident Laura Dijs told the Advertiser that she had feld the earthquake on the beach in Truro, on Cape Cod, while Carl Bulgini felt it in his home office in New Canaan.
“I was sitting in my home office and I definitely felt the earthquake,” he said. “It felt like a very big truck was passing by!”
TUESDAY, 2:37 p.m. — Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has issued a statement on the earthquake.
“The movement people in Connecticut felt was associated with the earthquake which originated in Virginia,” the governor said. “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection staff is at the Emergency Operations Center as a precaution, but at this point, there have been no reports of injury or damage.”
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake took place at 1:51 p.m. about 40 miles northwest of Richmond Virginia, and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, according to the Wall Street Journal. the Journal says that this earthquake is the largest ever recorded in the Washington, D.C. area. Preliminary reports indicated “strong” shaking near the epicenter — which would normally cause light damage — and light to moderate shaking in the surrounding states.
Information on the earthquake from the geological survey is available here.
TUESDAY, 2:15 p.m. — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, Washington D.C. and New York at approximately 2 p.m., and at least one New Canaan resident so far has reported they felt it.
Laurie Lawnsby of River Street, and co-workers at her home office, felt the quake.
“I felt nauseous because I get motion sickness really easy, and I looked to try to get a reference and I saw my desk moving back and forth away from the wall,” she told the Advertiser. “And then one of my coworkers said, ‘Why is the house shaking?’ and my other coworker said ‘What’s going on?’”
“She thought someone was shaking her desk, and we thought it was so weird,” she said. “And I was telling them that’s never happened before.”
Lawnsby said her co-worker’s daughter, who is at college in Maryland, said Virginia had just had an earthquake and they felt it there.
“It was weird. it was pretty quick. We were all looking at different things saying, ‘Am I sick, am I nuts?” she said.
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