I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet was a good way to describe feelings all along the U.S. East Coast early this afternoon as a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia shook buildings from the Carolinas to New England.
The United States Geological Survey reported that the earthquake occurred at 1:51 p.m. ET with an epicenter 9 miles south of Mineral, Virginia and a depth of 1 km.
Grenville felt it at The Frog & PenguINN, but not me. I was volunteering at the library, less than 10 miles away, and felt nary a rumble, rattle OR roll. Several family and friends from NJ to New England called to see if all was OK here – Thankfully YES.
As far as we know there were no major evacuations in this town of 500. However, one neighbor called Grenville asking about a possible tsunami. He reminded her that we live in the “mountains” of the VA eastern shore, elevation 35 feet above sea level. We did not hear of any major closings or evacuations here. Rail traffic was not halted and the lone bus line remained in operation.
However, it led to numerous building evacuations in major cities such as Washington, DC, NYC, and Philadelphia, PA; halted rail and air traffic. Two east coast nuclear reactors were taken offline.
Memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington, DC were evacuated and closed. Some buildings were damaged. The spire on the National Cathedral there was damaged when three of the four pinnacles on the central tower fell off. (Pinnacles are the top stones on the cathedral’s towers.) Also interior cracking and broken windows were reported to the Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) .
Grenville and I hope that blogger friends and their families along the east coast and New England were also safe. We invite your comments: where were you when the earthquake hit AND did you feel anything?
I Feel the Earth Move was written and recorded by singer-songwriter Carole King and included on her Tapestry album .
Shake Rattle and Roll was originally recorded by Big Joe Turner and by Bill Haley & His Comets. It was written in 1954 by Charles E. Calhoun (songwriting name of Jesse Stone).
Earthquake graphics courtesy of ABC News. Images of National Cathedral and Smithsonian Castle borrowed from websites.