So, Hurricane Irene is headed for our coast. She is projected to hit ‘somewhere’ between FL and VA (most likely in the Carolinas) this weekend.
Since we no longer have Pat Robertson here in Virginia Beach to pray away the hurricanes, I always get a bit nervous watching them bear down on our coast. I was in Charleston, SC for Hurricane Hugo…I will be perfectly content to never contend with such a storm again.
I know that Puerto Rico got a good dose of Irene, I hope that the family of our resident Boricua (talkin’ to you Spiff) came thru unscathed.
While dealing with hurricanes is always a fun part of living on the East Coast…today we got to experience something new and exciting.
A freakin’ earthquake.
More rockin’ and rollin’ below the fold…
Earthquake?? In Virginia??
The small town of Mineral was the epicenter.
5.9 on the Richter scale.
The quake was felt in VA, NC, SC, GA, DC, MD, RI, MA, OH, IL, MI, NY…and I am probably missing a state or two.
Apparently quakes are felt over a greater distance on the East Coast than on the West Coast due to the land composition.
According to the USGS: Aftershocks highly likely.
2 Nuclear plants in VA have been shut down (precautionary, not due to damage).
Amtrak has trains halted on the tracks while tracks are inspected for damage.
All of the Federal buildings/all historic monuments and museums are now closed/evacuated on the National Mall (bad day to be a tourist).
DCA, EWR, IAD, JFK, PHL are all shut down while towers and runways are inspected.
I know that you on the West coast scoff at our ‘little tremor’…however, the fact of the matter is that the East coast is not prepared for such a thing.
On top of that, due to the ‘lay of the land’….the fact that the East Coast is ‘older’ geographically and situated on more solid rock…an earthquake can carry forth with up to 10x the force as in the West. Also, so many of our cities are older and have structures built long long before any real architectural techniques for earthquake safety were developed.
Bit of a wake up call for us, methinks.
To tell the truth, and now that it seems no great damage or harm was done….I must admit that it felt NEAT. Absolutely felt ‘wrong’…truly bizarre sensation…but, overall was a neat experience.
That having been said, it is an experience that I have now checked off my list and see no need to revisit it. 😉