D.C. 2010: Blizzards, heat waves... earthquake?
Small quake, many (colorful) comments
The year 2010 is proving to be a strange one around these parts. It started with extreme winter snow. Which has been followed by extreme summer heat. And now, early this morning, the largest earthquake in the area since tracking began in 1974. Fortunately, it was minor as earthquakes go -- 3.6 magnitude -- and no damage or injuries have been reported.
The quake, centered in the Germantown-Gaithersburg area of Maryland, rattled the ground across the Washington area shortly after 5 a.m., coincidentally just after our morning forecast update first published (updated since) here on Capital Weather Gang. There were 11 comments on that post by 5:30 a.m., normally a pretty quite time on these boards unless it's snowing, and it wasn't the heat advisory issued overnight folks were talking about.
First to the computer...
Posted by: atoms5 | July 16, 2010 5:08 AM
YES!!! 5:05 AM...I'm in Fairfax. Wasn't sleeping well and felt the whole thing. Never felt an earthquake before but knew either that was an earthquake, or a bomb dropped somewhere in our area...haha
Posted by: rocotten | July 16, 2010 5:19 AM
Near the epicenter...
I am in Montgomery Village MD. We totally felt the earthquake. Glasses rattling /house shaking. Wow!
Posted by: soleil2000 | July 16, 2010 5:33 AM
I felt it! Immediately jumped up and went to usgs.gov. I watched the little earthquake dot pop up on their map. I'm such a nerd!
Posted by: rjaye212 | July 16, 2010 5:35 AM
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Woke me up in Sterling at 5:03. I thought my husband had jumped out of bed because the dresser shook. I asked him if he was okay, but he was asleep!
Posted by: onemore4gsus1 | July 16, 2010 5:40 AM
One of those...
I'm in Rockville, felt like a truck ran into the side of the house... but lasted like 7ish seconds?
Plus I'm paranoid about the crazy neighbors and stupid war dreams.
Posted by: letzgoterps | July 16, 2010 5:55 AM
I was hoping the earth to open up and swallow my car so that I could stay home and not go to work.
Posted by: harisinghjaipur | July 16, 2010 6:02 AM
By process of elimination...
I felt it in Laurel. It definitely woke me up though. After ruling out the house collapsing I figured it must have been an earthquake.
Posted by: terri92 | July 16, 2010 6:02 AM
Not a good start to a Friday...
There was an earthquake? I slept right thru it. Anyway, all I know is at only 6am the humidity is 94%, the dew point is 70, and we are under a heat advisory. This ain't gonna be a good day.
Posted by: rwalker66 | July 16, 2010 6:04 AM
A lot of thinking here...
I think we felt it here in DC, but I'd just woken up probably five minutes earlier, and I think I thought it was a truck going by. In related news, I tink I taw a puddy tat.
Posted by: mensan98th | July 16, 2010 6:29 AM
3.6 wouldn't even wake my cat. Keep trying guys.
Posted by: BTinSF | July 16, 2010 6:36 AM
It woke us up out in Rappahannock County, VA. Do earthquakes make noise like that? Never heard one do that before. Very odd and I understand that the rockiness of our general area can account for it being felt so far away but only 3.6 rating, not to mention why we heard such a loud noise as well as though supposedly closer to its epicenter?!? Something fishy about this and I can see that others think so, too......
Posted by: msilva2 | July 16, 2010 7:13 AM
Clueless husband weirder than earthquake itself?...
I am in downtown Wheaton and it woke me up and scared me but my husband did not notice it at all. It's weird to be with someone that sleeps through an earthquake.
Posted by: honeylamb | July 16, 2010 7:43 AM
Must we give Mother Nature more ideas?...
Well, that's it. DC-MD-VA has officially had the most bizarre year of "weather", to use the term loosely, possibly ever. What's next? a Category 4 hurricane?
Posted by: SWester2010 | July 16, 2010 8:18 AM
Priorities... and preparation
I woke up and knew pretty quick what it was having been born and spending my first yrs in California. Checked USGS and didn't see anything right away .. decided sleep was more important but briefly thought about the structural integrity of buildings here and if a doorway or outside would be best should a bigger one hit. ;)
Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 16, 2010 8:37 AM
Score 1 for the husband, finally...
Once we had the mini-aftershock ten minutes later, I knew what it was. My wife told me I was wrong. Do you know how good it felt to tell her I was right? First time in 8 years!
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