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Posted at 5:18 AM ET, 07/16/2010

Mild earthquake felt across region

By Mike McPhate

* Q&A recap: Mike Blanpied of the USGS *
* Forum: Discuss your experience this morning *
* Your take: The Weather Gang compiles best comments *
* Live map: Track earthquakes around the world *
* Audio: USGS official, residents discuss quake *

This post was updated at 1:56 p.m.

Crews were doing basic inspections of bridges throughout Maryland and the District after a 3.6 magnitude earthquake jolted the region early Friday, transportation officials said.

So far, so good.

Besides a natural gas leak at a maintenance depot in the Gaithersburg-Rockville area that may have had nothing to do with the earthquake, officials have found no evidence of damage after residents awakened to wobbling homes at precisely 5:04:47 a.m.

"There's not a single tree branch down," Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham said. "This was a nonevent, thank God."

Still, many residents dialed 911 to report the rumbling.

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A zoomed view of the wooded area at the epicenter of Friday's quake in Germantown. (Bill O'Leary/Post)

At Montgomery County's emergency center, as many as 100 confused people called in during or just after the earthquake. "We were inundated with calls from people not knowing what it was," said Gloria Jackson, a communications supervisor at the center.

Carroll Ripley of Germantown said his first guess was that an explosion had been set off or perhaps a plane soared low overhead. "The whole house shook," he said.


"I went straight outside to do a perimeter check -- in my underwear.”

The quake’s epicenter was in the Germantown-Gaithersburg area near I-270 and Route 119 (39.167°N, 77.252°W), according to USGS. It was 3.1 miles deep.

The fault's slide "probably only lasted a second or two," Mike Blanpied, a USGS geologist, told Post readers during an online chat. The resulting vibrations, he said, may have been felt for 10 seconds or more.

Story: Reporter Michael Rosenwald describes scene at epicenter
Graphic: See an intensity map at USGS Web site

Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the USGS, said the quake was the largest recorded within about 45 miles of Germantown since a database was created to track such activity in 1974. The largest earthquake before Friday morning's was a 2.7 tremor in 1993, Vaughan said. There was a 2.6-magnitude tremor in 1990 and quakes measuring 2.5 in 1997, 1993 and 1974.

"It’s not something that’s completely out of the ordinary," Vaughan said.

Q&A recap: Mike Blanpied of USGS


Audio: USGS official, residents discuss quake.

At the same time, quakes measuring above 3 are extremely rare in this area. Vaughan said the number of people reporting the quake to the USGS highlighted how unusual it seemed to residents of the Mid-Atlantic states.

Within about two hours of the quake, more than 6,700 people had reported it on the agency's Web site. Most were from the District, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, but reports came from as far away as New York and Georgia.


Many found it thrilling.

"It felt like the earth was churning," said Linda Wheeler of Monrovia in Frederick County. "I knew it was an earthquake right away because it was unlike anything I've ever experienced. It was actually kinda cool."

David Hayes of Boyds was getting dressed when he said he heard a loud rumbling. “I opened my front door and yelled 'earthquake' toward my neighbor. Great way to start the day!” he said.

Reader forum: Discuss your experiences

The first question journalists asked President Obama Friday morning, when he appeared outside the White House to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was whether he felt the earthquake at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

No, the leader of the free world answered with a slight smile, "I did not."

Geologists note that earthquakes can occur anytime and anywhere. They are a natural phenomenon resulting from the movements of continental plates along faults under the Earth's surface. "These faults just naturally exist and over time they build up pressure," Vaughan said.

When the pressure is released at a high enough intensity, an earthquake results.

The earliest recorded earthquake in Maryland occurred in Annapolis on April 24, 1758, and lasted a full 30 seconds, according to a history posted on the USGS Web site.

There have been other tremors reported periodically in the region through the years. None caused any significant damage, according to the Web site.

Story: Recall the Annandale quake of '08? See Post's coverage.

The confusion following Friday's quake led to some misplaced theories on its cause. Dean Miletich of Frederick said he was taking out the trash when the rumbling started.

“When I came back into the garage, everything on the shelves was shaking,” he said. “It sounded like a deep rumble. When I came back inside, my wife had woken up and asked me, 'What did you do?’ ”

-- Staff writers Debbi Wilgoren and Jonathan Forsythe contributed to this report

Web site: U.S. Geological Survey




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Comments

UFO?? Sonic flight tests??? Maybe the military is up to something?

Posted by: FiatBooks | July 16, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Felt it. Shook me out of my sleep. I thought I left these behind when I left California!

It was loud for its magnitude- 3.6-3.7 according to usgs.com. Report it if you felt it!

Posted by: dgw1091 | July 16, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

I awoke before 5 AM to a sudden rumble under me my bed was shaking and then the house. i thought it was a dream.

Posted by: nagasaki01 | July 16, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Felt it; it woke me up with its vibrations and strange noise.

AJ
Arlington, VA

Posted by: ajm85 | July 16, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Surprised me to find out it was an earthquake. Live near Dulles, figured it was an abnormally loud airplane taking off. Earthquake though, did not expect that.

Posted by: Arakiba | July 16, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Ok, that was scary. I thought it was a truck or something then it kept getting louder and shook my house house!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | July 16, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

It woke me up too...I'm in Bowie, MD. I thought "WTF"!!!!

Posted by: pvh1 | July 16, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Felt it myself -- thought my garage door was opening. Woke me up.

Posted by: ljo211 | July 16, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

I felt it too! I'm down here in Olney, Montgomery County, and it shook me out of my sleep! At first I thought it was thunder or a large truck rolling by the house, then I was wondering why my bed was shaking and the noise lasted for six to seven seconds. I've reported it.

Posted by: DebbyDebby | July 16, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

We felt it out here in Annapolis. Shook the house and scared the dog.

Posted by: nickexarhakis | July 16, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Didn't notice anything but now I know why I'm awake an hour earlier than normal.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 16, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Haven't felt one like that since LA! Frightening!!

Posted by: DrMom5 | July 16, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

I was afraid it was actually some sort of fighter jet or something too. Any chance of anything else?

Posted by: NLZimm | July 16, 2010 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Felt it in Crownsville, woke me up. Dogs seemed unperturbed, but it was definitely unsettling!

Posted by: jlittle3 | July 16, 2010 5:38 AM | Report abuse

woke me up in Manassas... I thought "must be low flying airplane, no way that was an earthquake" that was loud!

Posted by: beergorila | July 16, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

I felt it in McLean. Woke up with the bed shaking and heard the noise. Looked at my bed-side alarm clock it was 5:05AM.

Posted by: EDOES | July 16, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! VERY COOL!!!

I was up early this morning checking out some internet porn when I heard a rumbling sound similar to the sound of a concorde taking off at Dulles.

Why would an earth quake make a rumbling sound?

I think we're being invaded by space aliens!

Posted by: montana123 | July 16, 2010 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Well that was exciting. We're in Woodbridge, the quake woke everyone up and set the cat on "spaz".

Posted by: bowlasoup | July 16, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Felt it in Rockville. It was over before I realized what it was. A fine (not coarse) shaking that lasted 5-10 seconds.

Posted by: wootendw | July 16, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

I sure did feel it! Was afraid that it was a gas explosion and was relieved that wasn't it. I'm rarely awake at this time, but was half awake today--would have been mad if I'd missed it! lol

Posted by: ellietteinmd | July 16, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I felt it in the Tysons area. I assumed it was an earthquake - there was no noise that went along with it, and I wasn't hearing any emergency sirens.

I was in Canada about a month ago when they had their earthquake. We felt that one too.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | July 16, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Felt quite strongly here in western Potomac, MD (maybe 5 miles SW of epicenter). Wow.

Posted by: mkrauss323 | July 16, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

It is real, I felt it too while using the computer, it was strong enough to shake our strong building in S. Arlington.

Posted by: ahmedosman001 | July 16, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Rocked the flat panel, popped the wood in the buidling frame, and then sounded like a transformer exploded down the street. I also felt a very slight rolling vibration a few minutes later. Reston.

Posted by: blasmaic | July 16, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

I felt it in Olney as well, I had just gotten out of bed. I asked my husband if it was thunder but it wasn't loud enough. He said maybe a truck but it lasted too long.

Posted by: jes11 | July 16, 2010 5:44 AM | Report abuse

I was listening to music in my bed when I felt the house shake. Being that I grew up in Cali, the first thing I thought was earthquake, but then my second guess was DC doesn't have earthquakes. I guess my first instant was right.

Posted by: craigdion | July 16, 2010 5:45 AM | Report abuse

I felt it in Frederick, and heard it. Thought it might be an earthquake but then, nah, we don't have them here. Couldn't be.

Posted by: fordoffrederick | July 16, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

For those thinking it was aliens, or gas, or something other than an earthquake-

This seismic event registered in Alaska. A gas explosion or alien event would have been so large as to be significant.

And yes, earthquakes are loud and can last for 5-10 seconds.

Posted by: dgw1091 | July 16, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you folks in Manassas and Woodbridge are pretty sensitive. I'm in Arlington and didn't feel a thing.

Posted by: tristesse27 | July 16, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Was just about to get in the shower in Hyattsville. Didn't know what the heck it was, but knew it was big. Seemed to big to be an aircraft unless there were AF jets flying extremely low. My sense of doom woke up and was about to sprint upstairs to wake my wife and daughter when it stopped. Glad it was only a mild earthquake, though I'd never want to experience a big one!

Posted by: clerck | July 16, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Strange how everyone, like myself, wasn't sure if they were feeling it or hearing it... sounded like rumbling thunder... Never thought I'd feel one in DC... I went through a 6.2 in L.A. when I was 12, now that was a quake :o0

Posted by: csmith2 | July 16, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

I'm just south of Damascus, and live in the landing flight path for BWI. I first noticed a rumbling noise and thought it was a landing plane, and then I realized that several objects in my bedroom started shaking. The shaking got somewhat more intense and then ended with a strange rumbling noise outside. My initial reaction was that it was an earthquake, but then I thought it would be rare to have one here. The shaking lasted for about 10 seconds.

Posted by: dhsmb06 | July 16, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

im in Germantown around a mile from the epicenter. Really scary

Posted by: mja712 | July 16, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a big truck outside that took too long to pass by. Was weird, but didn't think too much of it. Am in NW DC.

Posted by: AutumnBanter | July 16, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm a senior citizen who's never been in an earthquake before but I was pretty sure it was one when a cat quickly jumped off my bed as I felt the bed seem to vibrate

Posted by: GWGOLDB | July 16, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

in reston, my dog and i felt it this morning. at first it felt like a truck or plane but it lasted a lot longer than that. for a split second i thought it was something to do with terrorism. gotta stop watching season 2 of 24!

Posted by: lauradice | July 16, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Rockville and was already awake when it happened. It sounded like a cross between a low flying helicopter and a really bad AC trying to come on. Felt it too.

Posted by: NickNaigm | July 16, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

in reston felt it. for split second thought it was something to do with terrorism but that's just because i am watching season 2 of 24. :)

Posted by: lauradice | July 16, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

Here in Boyds, MD and I felt this low rumbling and shaking!

Posted by: andymentmd | July 16, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

Low rumbling, approaching sound here in Bethesda @ 5:04-5:05 am, then passed through the house with a quick, fractional second rumble that shook everything. Strongest seismic event by far that I've felt in this area in over 25 years.

Report your own personal experience at the USGS web site here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/2010yua6/us/index.html .

Posted by: rboltuck | July 16, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

felt it pretty significantly here in Colesville / Silver Spring. A long rumble. Certainly woke me up!!

Posted by: thunderstone | July 16, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Yup, felt one small jolt and the bedside lamp shook. 5:05.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | July 16, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

My husband thought it was our German Shepherds scratching and shaking the bed. Hahaha. We have a noise machine in our bedroom, so I didn't hear it, but it woke us both up.

Cool!

I've always wanted to be in an earthquake.

Posted by: Jessica150 | July 16, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

We live in Northwest Baltimore County and felt the house rocking... I thought it was an earthquake; however, none of the local news channels reported anything until 15 minutes later.

Posted by: dawnnicmar | July 16, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Have lived in NOVA for 35 years and first time ever experienced the earthquake this morning in Tysons Corner area.

Posted by: mdynasty1 | July 16, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

I felt it. But because I am near Dulles Airport, I thought it was a jumbo plane taking off. Glad it was a mild one. May GOD The Almighty keep us safe.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 16, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

I felt it and it woke me up. I thought I had been dreaming and went back to sleep but when I woke up this morning and heard about the earthquake, I realized you can't experience something like an earthquake in a dream unless you've actually encountered one before. This was the very first time for me. Back in 1990, I hadn't felt a thing.

Posted by: lilpixiefig@aol.com | July 16, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

I felt it and it woke me up. I thought I had been dreaming and went back to sleep but when I woke up this morning and heard about the earthquake, I realized you can't experience something like an earthquake in a dream unless you've actually encountered one before. This was the very first time for me. Back in 1990, I hadn't felt a thing.

Posted by: lilpixiefig@aol.com | July 16, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I was hoping it was strong enough to open up the earth and swallow my car. so that I did not have to go to work.

Posted by: harisinghjaipur | July 16, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

My girlfriend lives in Arlington, if I'd been there I might have thought it was something city-related; large truck, freight train, it's always noisy there so I might have slept through it.. it's all about where you are at the time. Out here it was *definitely* not normal.

Posted by: bowlasoup | July 16, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

The Big One is coming to Washington DC as
the Gods are angry with Der Leader from
Kenya Comrade Barack Hussein Obama! And so
this time no way is it all Bush's fault!
This one will be on "THE ONE" watch and thus "It's All Barack Obama's Fault!"

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 16, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

I live in downtown Fairfax City. Felt it. Shook me awake. Thought I heard a rumble, but that might have been my groggy imagination, and just assumed it was a big truck. A REALLY big truck. I've been in minor earthquakes in California, and knew what the one that we had back in the 1970s was, which I felt and for which I promptly dove under my desk, to the merriment and even hilarity of my officemates.

I just didn't connect it with the geological possibility, because the last time this happened was back in the 1970s.

Posted by: Va_Lady2009 | July 16, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Felt a real slight rumble all the way out in western Alexandria... I thought it might have been a plane that was flying too low, but I thought it was strange that I couldn't hear it.

Posted by: graceg | July 16, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

This was Bush's fault!

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | July 16, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, in bed and awake at 5am; the mirror started shaking and all my necklaces hanging on it were making all this noise banging on the mirror. I thought a big truck drove past our house, but my husband, who lived in Peru through many earthquakes, immediately said "earthquake!" We jumped out of bed and got online to find out that he was correct!!

Posted by: Bangkokblonde | July 16, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

I was wide awake in Germantown when it happened. I had a feeling that it was an earthquake. BTW, Waring Station Rd is in Germantown, not Gaithersburg, WaPo.

Posted by: sdulaney320 | July 16, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Felt it too here in Reston. It was like a low rumble. The house gave a shudder and that's when I knew it had to be an earthquake. Couldn't fall back to sleep after that!

Posted by: small_world | July 16, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

We live in Potomac. The earthquake woke us up out of a dead sleep. The whole house rattled. Started off like a low rumble and then intensified. We thought it was a low flying plane or helicopter - we are in the path of the President's helicopters when they go to Camp David - or an incredibly loud truck. I joked that it may be an earthquake and here it really was one! Really cool, but don't want that to happen again!

Posted by: IndependentThinker3 | July 16, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

The epicenter is in GERMANTOWN, not Gaithersburg. Check your maps.

Posted by: gmac1939 | July 16, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Having grown up in San Francisco, I thought "could that have been an earthquake?" The house shook here in Severna Park and I heard a dog bark. I confirmed it by checking out the Richter scale reading on the Maryland Geological Survey website. Wild!

Posted by: johnny_thousand | July 16, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Heard it, felt it.
Being up at 5am has its advantages.

Posted by: buckdharma | July 16, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Laytonsville: I thought someone was drag racing steam rollers down the street! It was a very strong, medium pitched vibration, lasting around 7 seconds (Seemed like a minute). Funny that it woke the kid, but not the dog.

Posted by: dprats21 | July 16, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

3.6 wouldn't even wake my cat. Keep trying guys.

Posted by: BTinSF | July 16, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

I woke up to my entire bed shaking and a loud rumbling noise that I was convinced was a low-flying aircraft at first and then new was an earthquake. Looked at my clock and it was 5:05 in, McLean.

Posted by: HokieTerp | July 16, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey if you drop the coordinates from USGS http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/2010yua6/us/index.html into Google maps of the epicenter it shows up as someone's house...someone from the press should call and ask them how they felt! (plus you can see how far your house was from there) Doh!

Posted by: armchairquarterback | July 16, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up. Didn't know what woke me up, but the cat sleeping at the foot of the bed freaked out...took off out of the room. I actually thought earthquake, but only because of the cat. Arlington.

Posted by: biggirl90 | July 16, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

I blame President Bush.

- Barry the Flacid
Washington, DC

Posted by: jjjjjj1 | July 16, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Live next to the EFC Metro station. I thought at first it was the usual vibration from the trains rumbling by. However, it was slightly more intense so I figured maybe an abnormally low flying large cargo plane. After dismissing those possibilities, earthquake was the next reasonable alternative.

Posted by: kbinva1 | July 16, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

At my house in Germantown there was no way you could think it was thunder or a plane or a truck. My whole house shook with a resonance like a guitar string for at least 10 seconds. There was another slight tremor a few minutes later. I'm pleasantly surprised that there are no cracks in windows or foundation.

I've never felt an earthquake before, but I didn't have any doubt that was what it was.

I would guess that this is the sort of phenomenon that diminishes proportional to the square of the distance. So you don't have to be too far away to have a significantly milder experience.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

At my house in Germantown there was no way you could think it was thunder or a plane or a truck. My whole house shook with a resonance like a guitar string for at least 10 seconds. There was another slight tremor a few minutes later. I'm pleasantly surprised that there are no cracks in windows or foundation.

I've never felt an earthquake before, but I didn't have any doubt that was what it was.

I would guess that this is the sort of phenomenon that diminishes proportional to the square of the distance. So you don't have to be too far away to have a significantly milder experience.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

I was already awake in Point of Rocks, Md. at 5 AM. It hit shortly after 5AM, I looked at my clock. First, I could hear this big rumble noise coming from it seemed the west and it really shook the house. It sounded like a train. After a while I "thought" it was an earthquake. I didn't think anyone would be blasting rocks at 5 AM. Then I thought, well, homeowners' policies in this neck of the woods don't exclude earthquake coverage.

Posted by: Afraid4USA | July 16, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Didn't feel anything in Redland....very quite last night...our dog Caesar slept well...you folks are nuts

Posted by: jesimon | July 16, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Felt it in Crystal City. It woke me up; I thought it was a particularly loud dump truck. Guess not!

Posted by: BinaBallerina1 | July 16, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I was taking a salewski this morning and thought it was a low flying plane since I live by AFB. Didn't think for a second it could have been a quake. Lasted about 6-8 seconds.

Posted by: jhova1 | July 16, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I live in Wheaton--about 13 miles as the crow flies from the epicenter--and I definitely felt it and immediately knew that it was an earthquake.

My husband and I both woke up from the shaking (ceiling fan was rattling), and the first thing we said was "Earthquake?" Neither of us has experienced one before either, but it was just the only thing that made sense.

Posted by: bnh123 | July 16, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up in Arlington and I am not a morning person! The clock read 5:04 AM. I thought it was a dump truck running through my kitchen! It seemed to last at least 20 seconds, and it definitely tapered off for the last 10 seconds of so. I went on the internet and USGS for at least 15 minutes and no one was reporting it, so I went back to bed!

Posted by: sage234 | July 16, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Clearly felt and heard off of Shreve Road in Fairfax county. First thought it was a low-flying helicopter, then some sort of construction accident (we're near the beltway widening project). This is a first for me!

Posted by: Log711 | July 16, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

The Earth's reaction to a politician inadvertently telling the truth.

Posted by: 1911a1 | July 16, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

And only one post so far saying it sounded like a freight train. I was awakened about 5:05am to the rumbling and first thought it was a thunderstorm. But when it continued for several seconds and the entire house was rattling I knew it was a quake. My partner is still quaking!

Posted by: luv2bikva | July 16, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I felt this quake at 5am but I was so tired that I went back to bed. I guess earthquakes are pretty rare around here but definitely not in Cali!

Posted by: jeannie2639465 | July 16, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Near Middletown Md it woke me up, whole house was shaking, loud too lasted more than a few seconds, as if a large explosion had occured in the distance.

Posted by: Saladin3 | July 16, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Clarksburg, Maryland:

I was deeply immersed in my morning prayer around 5am on the main floor of the house and a roaring noise brought me back to the earth - first I thought it was plane flying very low - but did not feel like it - then thought a thunder - looked outside - trees were still - then thought something hit the house - opened the garage door nothing - it only lasted very couple of seconds - but my right ear got a little numb. Then made my coffee and went towards the bedroom and felt a little jolt again after the first one about a 15 minutes later. My right ear still is in a little numb state from all this. What a chilling experience.

Posted by: shanthi1 | July 16, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

Felt it in Calvert County (Prince Frederick). Bed shook for a few seconds; at first thought it was the cats jumping on the bed but then realized the door was closed and the cats weren't in the room. lol

Posted by: slcondor | July 16, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Unlike almost everyone else posting, I live just a few blocks from the epicenter and didn't feel a thing! LOL

Posted by: Taratara | July 16, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Didn't feel a thing here in Oxon Hill (think National Harbor) - I'm going back to bed!

Posted by: tradervic1313 | July 16, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Unlike almost everyone else who posted, I live just a few blocks from the epicenter and didn't feel a thing! Must be a pretty sound sleeper. LOL

Posted by: Taratara | July 16, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

The rumbling this morning woke me up in Falls Church. First thought it was a huge truck speeding by, but the shaking lasted too long. My sister was asleep in the next room and didn't wake up. Does anyone remember an even smaller tremblor in 2001/2002 in our area? That was an afternoon shake and I was sure it was a truck only to learn later that it was a very small quake. I can't find any references to it!

Posted by: Hannahyates | July 16, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Dean Miletech is lucky to have a wife who believes he moves the earth beneath her.

Posted by: elgropo1 | July 16, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

The epicenter is unequivocally Germantown, NOT Gaithersburg. Don't your fact checkers check the latitude/longitude? Please correct the article

Posted by: Post43 | July 16, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

It's Germantown - that latitude & longitude is nowhere near Gaithersburg!

Posted by: Post43 | July 16, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

I live halfway in between Four Corners and Wheaton, and what I felt *seemed* to be longer than 5-10 seconds. I thought it was 20, but realistically, I'd peg it at about 15 seconds. A few, but not all car alarms on the street went off, and the rumbling was deep, through the house and through me. It seemed to very slowly intensify and then rapidly end.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | July 16, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I was awakened this morning by being shaken from side to side. It wasn't intense or violent at all, but very noticeable--like someone trying to wake you up.

When I awakened, I was in a sleep fog. But it was still going. There was a distinct rumble coming from somewhere not the sky--it wasn't thunder. I concluded I'd had a bad dream of some sort that somehow stuck with me as I awakened.

I got up to go pee and much to my surprise, my cat was terrified. She was all crouched down and walking like a lizard and mewing in her thunderstorm voice. Okay, WTF, this is freaking me out a little.

Still in a bit of a fog, I did what any intrepid discoverer would do. I went back to bed.

I'd forgotten about whatever it was till I saw the news. Now I'm very excited. I have many relatives in SoCal. They always tell me about quakes and tremors and I got nothing. Earthquake in freaking G-burg. Who would have guessed!

Posted by: edarmst | July 16, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

I live in Sterling in Lowes Island. I definitely felt it. It woke me up. I felt the shaking but thought that I was dreaming so I looked at my watch. 5:06am - so now I know it was real and it was in fact an earthquake and not a dream. Very interesting...

Posted by: todd20 | July 16, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes, my bed was shaking. I wasn't sure whether it was a dream. How is the house? How are buildings? How can we tell what was damaged?

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | July 16, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Blame it on gentrification. :)

Ever notice that tornado's never strike at the urban core.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | July 16, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

This one is Obama's Fault as Bush is gone!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 16, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Heard and felt it near downtown Herndon. A rumble that built up slowly and lasted about 5 seconds. The glass items on my dresser rattled and the whole house shook momentarily. I woke my husband and he said it was probably a plane. I said...NOT! It was a bit scary.

Posted by: carolk1 | July 16, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse


Location uncertainty from USGS web site: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/us2010yua6.php

"Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.3 km (8.3 miles); depth fixed by location program"

The epicenter is not a single point.

Posted by: rpuchuri | July 16, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was the Rapture and Jesus was comming back for his people, The people who are ready to go to HEAVEN with him. I was in bed, I reached over for my husband's hand and called his name. I was ready to go. Are You?

Posted by: bunny9 | July 16, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was the Rapture and Jesus was comming back for his people, The people who are ready to go to HEAVEN with him. I was in bed, I reached over for my husband's hand and called his name. I was ready to go. Are You?

Posted by: bunny9 | July 16, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Sounded like a gigantic wave crashing into the house, shaking the foundation, the first floor, the bed, my knees. In Frederick.

Posted by: knaak | July 16, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up here in Arlington-- I used to live in Japan, and became used to mild tremors like that (I kind of like them, actually-- somehow they feel oddly comforting like the Earth saying hello-- unlike the big ones, which are scary--) But I thought-- how could that be an earthquake? I'm in Arlington VA! Then I rolled over and went back to sleep.

Posted by: ketsensei | July 16, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Germantown, and let me tell you, that was LOUD! I've felt bigger earthquakes in Ca. but never so loud. It did sound like a jumbo jet or train...

Posted by: SteveOoooo | July 16, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

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 | Report abuse

Definitely felt it in DC. My whole house was shaking and the air conditioner in the window was rattling back and forth. I thought at first it was a truck going by or a train derailing, then realized it was going on for too long. I was just about to get in my bedroom doorway when it faded away.

Posted by: CPT_Doom | July 16, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Poolesville, MD

Woke me up from sleep right away with a sickening feeling. As I started to go back to bed I felt it again. Not the most comforting feeling!

-Shannon

Posted by: shannonacampbell | July 16, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

It felt like an airplane flying overhead for about ten seconds. A big nothing!

Posted by: Bethesda_Jack | July 16, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

So that wasn't my imagination. I live on the south side of Columbia, MD, Woke me up, I'm thinking thunder? except it had a physical dimension to it, big truck on the road not far away? lasted too long and still a lot of low frequency movement, if that makes any sense, you can tell it's something different. I'll be darned, I was half asleep wasn't sure I was dreaming. We've
had earthquakes before in Columbia like a whopping 2.1 quakes though

Posted by: jhtlag1 | July 16, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Yup. We felt it out here in Hyattsville, MD. And we didn't know if it was an earthquake or a large truck rumbling by...

It shook the bed, but very quickly. Our dog didn't even stir. Great alarm system, that dog.

Posted by: vmfn1 | July 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Lunesta ruins the earthquake experience :(

Posted by: Noble9 | July 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't a "roller" or a "thumper" that I'd gotten so used to in San Francisco but it did give me bring back warm fuzzy memories of my time on the left coast.

Posted by: christophercomis | July 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Bowie and it shook the whole house. Thought it was thunder or a large plane flying over, but it kept getting louder and closer--really scary and then--nothing. I think that was the worst part--when it just stopped.

Posted by: imdette | July 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I live in Montgomery Village. It woke me up out of my sleep. At first we thought a plane had crashed that was taking off or landing in the Airpark in Gaithersburg. WTF? Its the first for me.

Posted by: deedee1981 | July 16, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Felt it all the way down here in Stafford.

Posted by: TimDz | July 16, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I felt it- at first I thought it was a big thunderstorm. I considered a mini earthquake- they have happened before- but until I saw it on the news- I still thought it was thunder.

Posted by: silverspring25 | July 16, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

It woke us up too. I grew up in California (live in Ashton, MD) so know what an earthquake feels and sounds like. Pretty LOUD for 3.6.

Posted by: gagedesoto | July 16, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Missed it completely! I normally wake up at 5. The alarm went off, and I hit the snooze. I woke up when my roomie ran into my room and asked me if I had felt the earthquake.

Posted by: linroy62 | July 16, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

This is why, I don't care where you live, you should never put anything heavy above your bed/headboard. No shelves with heavy or breakable objects, for instance. We're very lucky nobody was injured, so far as we know.

Posted by: WonderfulWorld | July 16, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I thought the unusual noise was from a tank or a heavy utility vehicle rolling by early this morning. When my co-worker asked me about the quake, I recalled the feeling and said it felt like a spaceship was landing.

Posted by: twn88 | July 16, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

We thought we were free from earthquakes living here not in Chile, where we came from, but... sorry!!! we are not free at all. Our concern is that the buildings are not built earthquake proof, like in our country. So, we have a question... Can our houses resist an earthquake of bigger magnitude? How big? Check your insurance policies and see if your properties are covered.

Posted by: macalina1 | July 16, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

My three-year old tends to batter the wall with her feet when she's angry. I told my wife it was her and to go back to bed!

Posted by: jpoulas | July 16, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I had hit the snooze alarm a few minutes earlier at home in Takoma Park, and clearly felt it from the moment it started until the moment it stopped several seconds later. Having lived in California for many years, I knew exactly what it was (and also knew it was pretty small). Nonetheless, it sent me scurrying to a door frame for a moment. It was more of a rumbler than a shaker with a deep, low vibration. It seemed like a huge train was speeding by my house. I can only imagine the destruction a more serious quake could cause in these parts with all the brick construction everywhere.

Posted by: ermiwe | July 16, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I was doing my morning thing on the can so you can imagine what I thought...

Posted by: truke | July 16, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

It woke us right up just outside of Damascus. I looked at my wife and said "Holy @#$@!, I think we just had an earthquake." I was surprised that the epicenter was in Germantown...I knew there were some faults in Frederick County.

What struck me was that the house didn't shake like it would from thunder, it oscillated up and down.

Posted by: OnyxSax | July 16, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Guess I'm a heavy sleeper - I didn't hear or feel a thing in Montgomery Village!

Posted by: turquoisegrrl | July 16, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I guess Albert Haynesworth has finally reported to the Redskins

Posted by: paulbortnick | July 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

If you think it shook the house now, just wait til November!

Posted by: stonebridgejjk | July 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

My wife and I felt it in Tenleytown. We both knew it was an earthquake - she had been through the Northridge earthquake and I had experienced several in Tokyo - and we thought it felt stronger than 3.6.

Posted by: stivnik | July 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Just to add on, we did have those 2.1 earthquakes about 15 years ago? That was more of a "buzz" but again you could tell it was something different, not a truck on the road kind of thing. This article mentions 'plate tectonics" but I believe the explanation they gave at that time was the the folding of the mountain ridges, granted, it's probably all plate tectonics, but that was more specific, eg, the mountain ridges (even the ones that are no longer mountains) are still folding like an accordian or something like that.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | July 16, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Given what goes on in DC these days with these Congressional morons, it might be a precurser to the "End of Days".

Posted by: vze23bqm | July 16, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Watching the morning news while news was being made! My bedside lamp was vibrating and I could hear the sound of the pipes in the bathroom groaning, and my headboard was tapping the wall. A few minutes later the newsteam started reporting on the event with as much excitement as was displayed during our two freakish winter storms a few months ago.

Posted by: allshookup | July 16, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Hah! I knew it had to be an earthquake. I live next to Dulles, but this wasn't a jet -- unless it was an underground jet. The whole house was shaking. And, yeah, it sounded just like a freight train!!!

Posted by: LoCoChick | July 16, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I slept through the whole thing.

Posted by: cej7401 | July 16, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I felt it in Lorton, Virginia, as I was eating my breakfast. Sounds just like a huge truck approaching, then at a certain point you realize there's no truck.

Posted by: Fairfax6 | July 16, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I knew it!
This morning the whole house was rattling !
It was actually kinda cool!
but hope there is no accidents or anything!

Posted by: CHKIM | July 16, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Did not really feel it - though that is also the time many of the trucks start delivering to the local shopping center and I feel and hear loads of rumbling that time of the morning. I also live not far from Quantico and often hear and feel the maneuvers I do remember and DID feel this one from 2003 in No VA. I love how the news is forgetting this one...

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/geosurvey/earthquakes/031209/031209/tabid/8404/Default.aspx

Posted by: Homemom | July 16, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The earthquake was a result of Congress passing the financial reform bill...several past presidents turned over in their graves, causing widespread tremors.

Posted by: ctlarson | July 16, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The earthquake was a result of Congress passing the financial reform bill...several past presidents turned over in their graves, causing widespread tremors.

Posted by: ctlarson | July 16, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Maybe God's trying to tell liberal Washington a thing or two.

Posted by: thebink | July 16, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I live in Georgetown; the wall next to me and the bed started shaking. I was semi sleeping. Later I thought I was dreaming. Until I got to my office and saw an email from our IT director.

Posted by: gregpfeiffer | July 16, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo was that wild!? I live almost dead on the epicenter. My windchimes woke me - I was watching water in my glass on the move and then the NOISE. I'm thinking "what's going on" - Husband was in the restroom, said it knocked him off his seat.

Posted by: shoegirl | July 16, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Remember Obama joking about armageddon: http://bit.ly/boHUux

Posted by: OwlWorks | July 16, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo was that wild!? I live almost dead on the epicenter. My windchimes woke me - I was watching water in my glass on the move and then the NOISE. I'm thinking "what's going on" - Husband was in the restroom, said it knocked him off his seat.

Posted by: shoegirl | July 16, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I feel cheated! I live up in a S. Arlington high-rise and should have at least been woken up.

Posted by: JOKR715 | July 16, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

While a case is no doubt being assembled or conflated to blame Bush for the DC Earthquake that Obama inherited,we should not ignore the likelihood that what we experienced was a semi-natural phenomenon.... our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves... creating shock waves that traveled through the earth's crust.

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | July 16, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The cat must have sensed it coming, because he jumped up and out of my bed just before it hit!!! Guess he went looking for a door frame to stand under (i understand that is the best place to stand, because the ceilings can collapse).

Posted by: lafayette89 | July 16, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

While a case is no doubt being assembled or conflated to blame Bush for the DC Earthquake that Obama inherited,we should not ignore the likelihood that what we experienced was a semi-natural phenomenon.... our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves... creating shock waves that traveled through the earth's crust.

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | July 16, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

While a case is no doubt being assembled or conflated to blame Bush for the DC Earthquake that Obama inherited,we should not ignore the likelihood that what we experienced was a semi-natural phenomenon.... our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves... creating shock waves that traveled through the earth's crust.

Posted by: dbsinOakRidge | July 16, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm way over here in Tidewater and didn't feel it but I was having a bad dream about someone who lives in Rockville at precisely the time it happened. Wonder if I caused it due to some kinetic energy needing to be released. In any case, I can relate to the woman who thought her husband was causing the noise. I was sleeping during a 5.9 in CA and my ex had just gone into the bathroom when the whole place started shaking and the dresser was rattling against the wall. I sat up in a panic and said, "What are doing in there?"

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | July 16, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I live in Kensington. Slept right through it. Given others' reports that are much further away, I think I may have been tireder when I went to bed last night than I thought....

Posted by: forget@menot.com | July 16, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

We felt it out here in Martinsburg, WV. It woke me up, felt the house shake, like a freight train rolling right through my bedroom. Holy Moly !!!! 5 feet of snow, earthquakes. I bet Obama blames this on Bush too.

Posted by: jreisenweber | July 16, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm here in Germantown about 3 miles as the crow flies from the epicenter. It woke us from a sound sleep! We live near the railroad tracks by Lake Seneca/Black Hill Park, and are used to a little shaking occasionally from some of the heavier trains that go through. So our initial reaction was that a train derailed. It was loud, and did last for 5 to 10 seconds. I felt one of the after-shocks too, as I was going back to sleep (although didn't know what it was at the time of course).

Posted by: princessbuttercup | July 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

And here I thought I was just really good at the sex.

Posted by: DikShuttle | July 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

We live behind the Chevy Chase Fire Station. I was awakened at 5:04 feeling the house "rumbling". Was almost sure it was an earthquake because I'd experienced the same thing elsewhere before. It lasted about 5-8 seconds after I became aware of what was going on. In 1953, they didn't build houses to comply with earthquake codes, so I was doing a mental check of what we were going to lose . . . and where I'd put that list of "things to save in an emergency." But by then the earthquake was over. Knowing I'd have to get up for work soon, I turned over, pulled the covers over my head, and went back to sleep. Just like the last time, my husband slept through the whole thing.

Posted by: AlidaB | July 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I was sleeping on the floor in the basement, at ground level. At first I thought the house had been struck by a car. The shaking was intense in Gaithersburg, MD.

Posted by: seanzy2004 | July 16, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Spent a couple years in Los Angeles, woke up and immediately knew what it was. Wouldn't have even warranted an article in Los Angeles, but was impressive for here, the only quake I have felt in 15 years in Maryland.
Was a quake of the "shaking" variety, not the "rolling" kind.

Posted by: Sean100 | July 16, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

JReisenweber, you are a moronic idiot clearly looking to politicize every freaking thing. Go away and melt.

It felt like a rolling "wave" and though I've never been in one, I knew exactly wha it was when it happened shortly after 4 a.m. this morning.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | July 16, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Midwest transplant now living in Columbia and was also awakened by the tremors; our whole house shook for a few seconds and it was incredibly startling, particularly at that hour. Not used to this sort of thing!

Posted by: azender | July 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Woke me and my poodle up. Scared us both. I didn't know if something came through my roof or crashed into my house. WTF. The world is coming to an end, a freaking earthquake in MD.

Posted by: justice96 | July 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Annapolis and I was up at 4:30Am but back asleep, so I didnt feel it. Anyway, I dodging my wife's flopping in the bed and showers of elbows and fists before I worry about an earthquake.

Posted by: slappygilmore | July 16, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

My husband and I both jumped out of bed this morning wondering what it was. My husband said it was probably someone's Harley! (Sandy - Germantown)

Posted by: srim | July 16, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Earthquake jolt and sounds like "breaking glass" felt/heard in North Stafford VA.

Posted by: artypen | July 16, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Earthquake jolt and sounds like "breaking glass" felt/heard in North Stafford VA.

Posted by: artypen | July 16, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Earthquake jolt and sounds like "breaking glass" felt/heard in North Stafford VA.

Posted by: artypen | July 16, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I'd gotten up at 5:00 and was in the kitchen pouring myself a cup of tea by the time the earthquake hit. It felt and sounded like the trucks that come by my place on Riggs Road in Adelphi, MD, using their jake brakes to stop at the light where Adelphi crosses Riggs. However, there were no vehicles passing the house at that particular moment in time because I was looking out the window. The linoleum floor was vibrating under my bare feet like crazy. I lived in California for 4 years so I've felt worse, but this was as bad as any I've felt on the East Coast. So far haven't found any damage at my place.

Posted by: RazorGirl | July 16, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up in Alexandria, I figured it was an earthquake but I was too sleepy to care, as long as the house was still standing I still had an hour before my alarm.

The dog gave the cute head nod/WTF look, growled and barked once then went back to sleep.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 16, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I was awake getting ready for the dawn prayer (fajr) when I felt the house shake, I though it was a low flying plane! Never would have guessed an earthquake in DC! I was still groggy so didnt occur to me that it could be something so big.

Posted by: dawnprayer | July 16, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Something woke me up a few minutes earlier, and I was lying in bed trying to figure out why when all of a sudden the whole house shook. I thought it was a distressed plane from Reagan or something (we live in Falls Church near a flight path) and went out to take a look.

I've been in earthquakes before, but never expected one here. Strongest I've ever been in was one in Japan while I was sitting in Narita airport. It shoved everyone back and forth in their seats, made the ceiling lights swing, knocked things off shelves, etc. Interestingly, it felt just like bad air turbulence, only sitting on the ground.

Posted by: zippyspeed | July 16, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this was a first! I missed the last tremor in the area a few years back. I'd just come back upstairs with a glass of water. When I heard the rumble, I thought a nearby quarry had conducted an early morning blast, but my husband (a former Californian) suspected something else and would not close his eyes. So we opened the blinds and saw nothing, we heard no sirens... he's on crutches, otherwise, I'm sure he would have been standing in front of our Potomac home. He started checking news sites on his iPhone and confirmed it. I guess Californians always know!

Posted by: tamtjtan | July 16, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if it was some rogue scientist or government agent doing a directed energy experiment.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | July 16, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Warning shot to obama from God.

Posted by: vikings4123 | July 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Anyone ever think, "God is trying to tell us something?"

Posted by: NWS4215 | July 16, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Still, many residents were dialing 911 to report the rumbling. Are these the most stupid or most lonely people? What do they expect the operator to do? Hold their hand. Turn on your TV if you are curious. Stupid aholes. Everyone of them should be fined $100. Darwin must have been wrong. Harry Reid - consider it a message about your lieing ads!!!

Posted by: espnfan | July 16, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Felt it! Got out of bed and looked out window facing capitol, thought it was terrorist - DC east of capitol! Then i said, listen to the news and see if it was an earthquake because it sure did feel like one!

Posted by: washwiz | July 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Being in Los Angeles, I'm kinda used to this stuff, but I wonder if the Prez got to experience this with the Family, but of course they probably missed it due to another journey in their quest to find the perfect vacation.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | July 16, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

It is incumbent anger rising toward November 2010.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | July 16, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse


Felt it in Bethesda.

Posted by: voice02 | July 16, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Felt nothing in northeast Alexandria/Crystal City. But maybe this is why my cat has been so hyper this morning.

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | July 16, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up in Chevy Chase - thought a big truck was driving up the street for a second. Really loud rumbling but I don't remember feeling any shake.

Posted by: lkop56 | July 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Woke me up in Chevy Chase - thought a big truck was driving up the street for a second. Really loud rumbling but I don't remember feeling any shake.

Posted by: lkop56 | July 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Live in SE, DC; I am blessed to have felt it.

Posted by: Nick20 | July 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I thought that it was illegal aliens walking to the CASA De Maryland day laborer center.

Posted by: postisarag | July 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

If it had been even the slightest thunder, my dog would have come crashing into my room to hide under my bed. But he apparently wasn't bothered by it. Guess he thought it was a schoolbus going by early in the morning.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | July 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Do people really call 911? I wish people were brighter than that. First question: is anyone hurt? well, no but...

Also, someone really reported it in NY state? Pittsburgh? pretty sensitive especially going across mountain ranges but maybe there are weird bounces underground.

It did look for a while that there was a band from Germantown south to Silver Springs, just curious, if this is a ridge. why not north too? or is that a function of population too. Fascinating stuff.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | July 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yes it woke me up in McLean Gardens, NW DC, top of the hill, and in my half-sleep state I thought "oh an earthquake" without much alarm and thought about the sturdy brick construction of my condo and that I didn't have to run outside unless it got stronger. Now I'm fully awake and realize how very very strange it was!

Posted by: Mary51 | July 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

There have been countless tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters that have affected citizens living in "red states." Not once have I seen a comment from a "liberal" that it was God's judgment against unfeeling uncaring conservatives. Interesting that conservatives believe in a God that would inflict harm based on political affiliation. Glad I don't belong to that church.

Posted by: kalixmd | July 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Only love can Phil.

Posted by: kohnfjerry | July 16, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Warning shot to obama from God.

Posted by: vikings4123 | July 16, 2010 8:54 AM
Maybe God's trying to tell liberal Washington a thing or two.

Posted by: thebink
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In response to the two above posts, these right-wingers are truely some sick a--- folks!!

Posted by: tall_mr2 | July 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"Have lived in NOVA for 35 years and first time ever experienced the earthquake this morning in Tysons Corner area"

If I recall correctly the area was hit with a mild quake in either 2002 or 2003, at least in Fort Mead.

Posted by: samf911 | July 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Leesburg: Was half-asleep, but awoke to what sounded like the normal, far-off sound of a distant jet taking off at Dulles with its back end pointed in our direction. After 3-5 seconds, this was followed by a short-lasting boom that shook the house the same way that a rock quarry conducting blasting 1/4 mile away (but at 5am?) feels, or a not-too-far-away punctual thunderclap. This faded away with a continued rumble for another 3 seconds or so.

An earthquake was the absolute furthest thing from my mind. I was awake for the next 45 minutes trying to rationalize what it might've been and whether to get up and check the TV or radio.

But eventually, I just went back to sleep. :)

Posted by: rigeldc | July 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Have lived in NOVA for 35 years and first time ever experienced the earthquake this morning in Tysons Corner area"

If I recall correctly the area was hit with a mild quake in either 2002 or 2003, at least in Fort Mead.

Posted by: samf911 | July 16, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

a simple 3.6 Just wait until Nov and we will see a 10.0

Posted by: chisum | July 16, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I can't imagine what this was like for the vets at Walter Reed ~ and those in the area. Reach out to those people, who may be more than a little shook up. Unexpected danger is a wicked PTSD trigger. Love each other.

Posted by: devo1978 | July 16, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I live about 0.8 miles from the estimated epicenter. The quake shook the house and woke up my wife and me. When it was over I fell asleep again.

I blame Fabio Capello, Marcelo Lippi, and Raymond Domenech.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 16, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

first bristol and levi get back together, and now this! the appocolypse is coming!

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 16, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hello! This is God speaking to the D.C. bunch. Federal funding abortions. Wait for next reminder.

Posted by: jctgal | July 16, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I live in Bloomingdale in DC and I felt it.
It rumbled our home @5AM.

Never felt an earthquake before, but I knew what it was.

It was very obvious that it was something different and it was the only conclusion I could come to.

Posted by: shalexan | July 16, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I am in fairfax. I felt my home shake and I too thought it was an abnormally large plain or truck but it didn't sound like it. 2012 here we come ;)

Posted by: aguest | July 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I live on the north side of Reston and felt the quake around 5 AM. I was awakened by what felt like a slow-moving truck passing by in front of my apartment (which I didn't see), but I didn't think anything of it and went back to sleep for a little while. I moved here from PA and have never experienced a quake before so that was the last thing to cross my mind.

Posted by: Restonian23 | July 16, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hello! This is God speaking to the D.C. bunch. Federal funding abortions. Wait for next reminder.

Posted by: jctgal | July 16, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I live in Dupont Circle and I didn't feel it, but I heard a lot of stuff moving around in the unit above mine, a lot of rumbling -- for a minute I thought that the ceiling was coming down. Never occurred to me that it was an earthquake.

Posted by: NW_Washington | July 16, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I woke up suddenly, feeling disturbed, but unsure why. I did not feel the house shake despite being only a few miles from the epicenter. The cats were nuts, though. They knew something was wrong!

Posted by: DCCubefarm | July 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

See...even God is getting ticked with all of our crooked politicians. November is coming. I can see it from my front porch!

Posted by: GaPeech | July 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

See...even God is getting ticked with all of our crooked politicians. November is coming. I can see it from my front porch!

Posted by: GaPeech | July 16, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Are we really sure that was a quake, or was it just congress finally deciding to get off of their fat "wallets" and do some real work for once.

Posted by: kptrojans | July 16, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame the earth didn't open up, swallow Obama and deliver him to the depths of hell where he belongs along with Reid, Pelosi and their Marxist agenda.

Posted by: dumpdemliars | July 16, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

When it happened, I was convinced it was an earthquake. But after going back to sleep and waking up again, I was convinced it must have been a weird dream resulting from my work in Haiti earlier this year. Now I'm glad to know it was real and not my imagination!

Posted by: Amwi1 | July 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Felt a strong shake and it woke me and my husband up. He thought it was a truck, I thought it was an earthquake. Wow! How about that?

Posted by: katygone | July 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I live in Laurel, was sitting on the toilet putting on make-up when I heard a rumbling like a train then my apartment started shaking, I was in the Whittier Calif, shake in 1987 I knew exactly what it was ... I sat frozen waiting for aftershocks ... but it was cool ... :-)

Posted by: rattled | July 16, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

It was a series of three huge shakes, like three huge explosions. Northern Loudoun County near the river, and I was outside, not inside the house, and felt the ground move up. It was definitely three times.

Posted by: SB11 | July 16, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I woke up this morning in Raleigh, NC, after having had a dream that I was in an earthquake, a relatively mild one that cracked some walls but nothing collapsed. Then, I go to the Washington Post Web page and there's a headline that says: "Mild earthquake shakes DC area." Plausible, I suppose, given the potential for ripple effects, but still kinda funky.

Posted by: lahood5 | July 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

As I learned, prob back in high school, one of the biggest fault lines in this country is the Masson Dixon Line. True, not as large as the one out west in Cali, but still something I always remembered from decades ago.
So, in perhaps a million or few millionyears the west coast shall crack and sink into the ocean and the same for along the Masson Dixon line. Then perhaps, as i learned on discovery a few days ago the rest of the wolrd will once again form into one big super contentant again, yet without the East or West coast of the U.S.A

Posted by: ursofakingdumb1 | July 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I was watching The Weather Channel on TV, and suddenly I heard a loud rumble outside (At 0505 HRS EDT, 16JUL10). I at first assumed that it was an early morning passenger or cargo jet from IAD, as I reside under one of their major flight paths. I soon realized however, that something simply wasn't right. My entire house began shaking, and the dishes and glasses all throughout the kitchen area started rattling like mad. The episode lasted for about 5-10 seconds, and then it dissipated. It actually took me a moment to finally stand up and get outside to look for a possible jet in the sky, because for the first time which I can ever recall, I froze in place (I was half bracing for an explosion). The roaring noise sounded as if a huge jet was about to come crashing down upon my property, and I was honestly expecting to at the very least witness a struggling airplane through the trees out-back, at any given moment. I have been buzzed by low-flying Fighter Jets, a C-130 Hercules at Norfolk, and various MIL Helos over the years, but this roaring noise truly exceeded them all in terms of energy, and intensity.

The best way to describe the event was a tsunami like surge of energy, which approached, impacted, and moved on. Oddly enough, the car alarms never sounded, and my dogs were simply laying down in their habitats afterwards. Either the canines were bracing themselves by laying low, or they didn't think much of it beyond the normal everyday rumble of jets flying overhead. My Jack Russell Terrier became extremely alert during and immediately following this event though.

This is the FIRST ever earthquake that I have experienced around here in my 25 years (It is also the first memorable one which I have been in, period, as I cannot vividly recall the one I was in as a toddler in Walnut Creek, CA back in the 1980's).

For the record, I live in Reston, VA, right down the street from the USGS HQ (Where I have spent quite a bit of time over the years).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | July 16, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I was watching The Weather Channel on TV, and suddenly I heard a loud rumble outside (At 0505 HRS EDT, 16JUL10). I at first assumed that it was an early morning passenger or cargo jet from IAD, as I reside under one of their major flight paths. I soon realized however, that something simply wasn't right. My entire house began shaking, and the dishes and glasses all throughout the kitchen area started rattling like mad. The episode lasted for about 5-10 seconds, and then it dissipated. It actually took me a moment to finally stand up and get outside to look for a possible jet in the sky, because for the first time which I can ever recall, I froze in place (I was half bracing for an explosion). The roaring noise sounded as if a huge jet was about to come crashing down upon my property, and I was honestly expecting to at the very least witness a struggling airplane through the trees out-back, at any given moment. I have been buzzed by low-flying Fighter Jets, a C-130 Hercules at Norfolk, and various MIL Helos over the years, but this roaring noise truly exceeded them all in terms of energy, and intensity.

The best way to describe the event was a tsunami like surge of energy, which approached, impacted, and moved on. Oddly enough, the car alarms never sounded, and my dogs were simply laying down in their habitats afterwards. Either the canines were bracing themselves by laying low, or they didn't think much of it beyond the normal everyday rumble of jets flying overhead. My Jack Russell Terrier became extremely alert during and immediately following this event though.

This is the FIRST ever earthquake that I have experienced around here in my 25 years (It is also the first memorable one which I have been in, period, as I cannot vividly recall the one I was in as a toddler in Walnut Creek, CA back in the 1980's).

For the record, I live in Reston, VA, right down the street from the USGS HQ (Where I have spent quite a bit of time over the years).

Posted by: TheAnalyst | July 16, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

While I slept through it, my first chore of the day was to research for my dad what happened while he prepped for work. He woke to it at 5:03, and I woke about half-an-hour later.
I was going through sonic booms, low-flying jets, military activity, traffic incidents . . . nada. Finally, he found a blurb about the quake on NYTimes. Crazy! I wish I was awake for it . . .

Ijamsville, MD

Posted by: jdkrones | July 16, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The Almighty is mad at you, Washington. Repent, for the end is near.

Posted by: theendisnear | July 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

As I learned, prob back in high school, one of the biggest fault lines in this country is the Masson Dixon Line. True, not as large as the one out west in Cali, but still something I always remembered from decades ago.
So, in perhaps a million or few millionyears the west coast shall crack and sink into the ocean and the same for along the Masson Dixon line. Then perhaps, as i learned on discovery a few days ago the rest of the wolrd will once again form into one big super contentant again, yet without the East or West coast of the U.S.A

Posted by: ursofakingdumb1 | July 16, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I live and Germantown and it was really bad. It was more than a 3.6, it felt like an explosion coming out of the ground, such loud noise and rumbling, it also sounded like an avalanche, but no snow coming for anywhere, it lasted so long I was ready to run outside in my pajamas, I stood by the door. I hope that I wont feel that again.

Posted by: sunlightsh44 | July 16, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I was lying awake in bed when I heard a loud noise followed by everything rattling. It felt like something huge fell on my home in Gaithersburg.

Posted by: mallikajacobs | July 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If this earthquake would scare away the illegals, then it would have been a good thing. Otherwise ..... meh.

Posted by: CubsFan | July 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Grew up in CA, so it didn't really faze me. I was still half-asleep and just thought it was the 90 lb. Labrador jumping on the bed! Though it probably explains why she is so "clingy" this morning.

Earthquake in DC? Who knew!

Posted by: valonghornnow | July 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The almighty should be mad at people all across the country, you offensive idiot.

Posted by: jakemd1 | July 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Odenton, MD. -I'm a sound sleeper so it takes alot to wake me up (usually 2 alarm clocks). But this woke me up: just a total rumbling of everything-- no sound (just alot of movement) which differs from other accounts here. I knew for sure it was an earthquake, and later when I got up the first thing I did was a google for 'earthquake' and sure enough it was!

Posted by: charrob | July 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I guess both God and Enrique decided to shake things up today.

Posted by: melodramatic | July 16, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Check out the link bellow to see a possible cause. However improbable it is still possible...

http://www.rense.com/political/weapons/earthqk.htm

Posted by: tedleski | July 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Seems if "god" wanted to get a message across, writing it across the sky in thousand foot letters of fire would be a lot less ambiguous. Lucky for us we have nutjob WaPo commenters to interpret the will of the almighty for us.

Posted by: whitman22 | July 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I live in what some people call North Bethesda. I was watching "The Andromeda Strain" on cable, and right at the scene when the self-destruct countdown starts I felt something. It was like the dog was moving at the foot of the bed, except she would have had to be twice as big as normal. Then I heard her barking in the other room at the disturbance and realized it wasn't her at all, so I got up to check what was going on and didn't find anything. I didn't realize until my sister called me this morning that it had been an earthquake.

Posted by: whatmeregister | July 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I live in Gaithersburg about 2 miles from the epicenter. The rumble reminded me of when I lived in Pensacola and the Blue Angels would fly over the house.

Posted by: fiobabbo | July 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Seems if "god" wanted to send a message, writing it across the sky in thousand foot letters of fire would be a lot less ambiguous. Lucky for us we have nutjob WaPo commenters to interpret the will of the almighty for us.

Posted by: whitman22 | July 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sign of things to come in November. We'll shake them to the core. Encouraging

Posted by: Bjorn3 | July 16, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I live in Aspen Hill and it woke me up. I sleep pretty soundly but definitely felt it. I had a window A/C unit running so I didn't hear it, but it sure was shaking my bed for 10-15 seconds. It was like someone was standing at the end of the bed, shaking the bedframe. That definitely was cool!

Posted by: B-rod | July 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I live in Aspen Hill and it woke me up. I sleep pretty soundly but definitely felt it. I had a window A/C unit running so I didn't hear it, but it sure was shaking my bed for 10-15 seconds. It was like someone was standing at the end of the bed, shaking the bedframe. That definitely was cool!

Posted by: B-rod | July 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wishing death on five million residents of metropolitan Washington because you're not happy with the Congresspeople that YOU voted for across America is NOT OKAY.

It is HORRIBLY UNCHRISTIAN AND YOU WILL BE THE ONE GOING TO HELL, not some housewife in Germantown.

Posted by: jakemd1 | July 16, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

There's something seriously wrong with that Google map--it's misleading to the point of being completely useless. It's not just limiting the number of markers, it's misplacing all the markers in and near Gaithersburg regardless of the actual address.

Posted by: MrDarwin | July 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Read this with interest from San Francisco. Didn't even know there were any faults in Maryland. A 3.6 here though would just have us our West yawning, rolling over in bed and going back to sleep!!!

Posted by: stevenjv | July 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Read this with interest from San Francisco. Didn't even know there were any faults in Maryland. A 3.6 here though would just have us out West yawning, rolling over in bed and going back to sleep!!!

Posted by: stevenjv | July 16, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

meh, i live in NorCal, I don't get out of bed for a 3.6'er. But it is freaky if you live in DC, thinking that this couldn't happen to you.

and now, you have a great story to tell!

Posted by: ivb1 | July 16, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I live in Laurel, MD and it woke me up. Could feel the place shaking and could hear silverware shaking in the kitchen. I thought for a second it might have been an earthquake, but since I have never experienced one I just dismissed it and went back to sleep. WOW

Laurel, MD

Posted by: RedskinsFan1 | July 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the epicenter wasn't located right beneath the Oval Office. Perhaps the next one will swallow the White House entirely.

Wait until the earthquake of November 2012!!!

Posted by: MrsNaqba | July 16, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

For the record, my wife was asleep and I was watching the news. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Posted by: nelsonjackson1 | July 16, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Why do people call 911 to report an earthquake?

Posted by: dldgolf | July 16, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure most people know this, but thinking out loud: Since the Richter scale is logarithmic, a 3.6 is 10 times more powerful than a 2.6, and more than 30 times more powerful than a 2.1 (some of the magnitudes batted about for other quakes in recent years).

The 7.0 that hit Haiti would have been over 2500 times more powerful. For someone like me who has never really felt an earthquake, that provides some perspective.

I was expecting some structural damage to my home from this one. I'm not sure it could take a much stronger one.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure most people know this, but thinking out loud: Since the Richter scale is logarithmic, a 3.6 is 10 times more powerful than a 2.6, and more than 30 times more powerful than a 2.1 (some of the magnitudes batted about for other quakes in recent years).

The 7.0 that hit Haiti would have been over 2500 times more powerful. For someone like me who has never really felt an earthquake, that provides some perspective.

I was expecting some structural damage to my home from this one. I'm not sure it could take a much stronger one.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure most people know this, but thinking out loud: Since the Richter scale is logarithmic, a 3.6 is 10 times more powerful than a 2.6, and more than 30 times more powerful than a 2.1 (some of the magnitudes batted about for other quakes in recent years).

The 7.0 that hit Haiti would have been over 2500 times more powerful. For someone like me who has never really felt an earthquake, that provides some perspective.

I was expecting some structural damage to my home from this one. I'm not sure it could take a much stronger one.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure most people know this, but thinking out loud: Since the Richter scale is logarithmic, a 3.6 is 10 times more powerful than a 2.6, and more than 30 times more powerful than a 2.1 (some of the magnitudes batted about for other quakes in recent years).

The 7.0 that hit Haiti would have been over 2500 times more powerful. For someone like me who has never really felt an earthquake, that provides some perspective.

I was expecting some structural damage to my home from this one. I'm not sure it could take a much stronger one.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

To bad it didn't swallow up that big White House, with all the politicians in it. Well, I'll spare Kucinich, and everyone else that's on the same page. The rest can say hello to the man with the Horns, he's got a special place for people who destroy countries.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | July 16, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I live in Largo, MD I've been awake since 4:00am & between 5:00-5:10am, I heard a loud vibration in my bedroom walls.

I thought it was either my upstairs neighbors moving furniture or my next door neighboors using speakers with a lot of bass.

This goes to show you this is "The Sign Of The Times"!

Posted by: taurvon | July 16, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I was getting my friends off at the airport and was in the kitchen getting a glass out of the dishawasher, when I felt the building start to shake. My friend lives near the beltway in College Park, so I just figure a fuel truck overturned and blew up. Then I said well "we don't get earthquakes in Maryland". Then my friend phone goes off at 5:07 and it's her girlfriend calling her to ask if she felt the Earth move. I just figured her girlfriend lived in the complex, but she was like her girlfriend lives in Briggs Chaney. I said then we just had an earthquake. 2 blizzards, 100+ tempartures and now an earthquake, what next????

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry folks. I realy just hit the Submit button once. Seems to be a bit of an echo from Germantown. Maybe it's the aftershocks.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 16, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Woke up to what felt like a freight train going by at some distance (i.e., not literally next to the house, but at a distance close enough to be felt). Groggily thought to myself that there are no tracks near my house and maybe this is what an earthquake feels like. Gave it no other thought until I saw the headline this morning and realized it was an actual quake.

Posted by: Finn1917 | July 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I was awake and felt it. It was like having an airplane zoom 100 feet above the house -- not as loud as an airplane but it shook the house quite a bit and was loud enough. My first thought was earthquake or some sort of major explosion in DC.

Posted by: brk3 | July 16, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This was not an earthquake. It was Nancy Pelosi beating up on Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: badgerburg | July 16, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Gulf Tragedy and this earthquake appear to be a fairly obvious cosmological coincidence (in a day). A Divine message (but God knows best) may be deduced as follows:

July 15 Oil-- Gulf Spill Show reaches a happy station, we CAN play fire with the gods.
July 16-- God trumps the newsday's oil story with earthquake in world's political capital.

This a appears to be a divine warning to several million people in and around the WDC area, to political thinkers shakers and movers. You can bet the President, Pentagon, Congressional-Bankers, Military Industrial Complex, Counsel of Foreign Relations et. al. felt this in their own beds. Comes a day after we claim victory in the Gulf over God's handiwork.

Strange, a similar trumphing of comsological scale has occurred this year:

A month after global climate change efforts falter in Northern Europe, and a day after the USA declares at the Nuclear Security Summit in WDC that potential Islamic (sic Iranian) nuclear terrorists are the world's biggest threat, the Icelandic volcano blows up and proves us wrong. Nothing like a little greenhouse gas to ramp up the global shift in climate.

Mother Nature is the world's biggest Terroress, She threatens us all. We had better stop playing with her red fire. That is iron blood pouring loose in the Gulf, no rapist's bandaid will stop it.

Take the warning in case it's true.

If we declare victory over God's HandMaiden, don't be surprised at a little "corrective action."


Posted by: punkumin | July 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This was not an earthquake. It was Nancy Pelosi beating up on Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: badgerburg | July 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This was not an earthquake. It was Nancy Pelosi beating up on Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: badgerburg | July 16, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The Gulf Tragedy and this earthquake appear to be a fairly obvious cosmological coincidence (in a day). A Divine message (but God knows best) may be deduced as follows:

July 15 Oil-- Gulf Spill Show reaches a happy station, we CAN play fire with the gods.
July 16-- God trumps the newsday's oil story with earthquake in world's political capital.

This a appears to be a divine warning to several million people in and around the WDC area, to political thinkers shakers and movers. You can bet the President, Pentagon, Congressional-Bankers, Military Industrial Complex, Counsel of Foreign Relations et. al. felt this in their own beds. Comes a day after we claim victory in the Gulf over God's handiwork.

Strange, a similar trumphing of comsological scale has occurred this year:

A month after global climate change efforts falter in Northern Europe, and a day after the USA declares at the Nuclear Security Summit in WDC that potential Islamic (sic Iranian) nuclear terrorists are the world's biggest threat, the Icelandic volcano blows up and proves us wrong. Nothing like a little greenhouse gas to ramp up the global shift in climate.

Mother Nature is the world's biggest Terroress, She threatens us all. We had better stop playing with her red fire. That is iron blood pouring loose in the Gulf, no rapist's bandaid will stop it.

Take the warning in case it's true.

If we declare victory over God's HandMaiden, don't be surprised at a little "corrective action."


Posted by: punkumin | July 16, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Any odds on whether this was related to hydraulic fracking for natty gas? Noone will probably investigate until we get a couple more of these tremors. Hopefully, this was just a natural tremor though.

Posted by: pimpinbenzo73 | July 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

BP plugged the oil well...the pressure builds up...DC is hit by a earthquake. Coincidence?? I think not. "The Revenge of BP". Coming soon to theaters.

Posted by: Harvey7 | July 16, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

This was not an earthquake. It was Nancy Pelosi beating up on Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: badgerburg | July 16, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

...bread, I need bread... oh and milk!

Posted by: oda155 | July 16, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I reside in Riverdale Park. I think myself, my wife, and the President of the United States were the only ones who didn't feel the quake.

Posted by: lowcounty | July 16, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I understand that Osama bin Laden is taking credit for the earthquake. But so is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez. And John Boehner is blaming it on House democrats. So we may never know who's ultimately responsible.

Posted by: glazer68 | July 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

More of a sign? Bees, flies and mice at the white house and now a rare earthquake?
It's an omen!!

Posted by: Airdoc507 | July 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It was so strong, it woke me up! It felt as if a bomb was dropped somewhere near my house and my bed shook so hard, my cat jumped in panic! I knew it was an earthquake immediately, although confused since I have never heard of those in the DC area.

Posted by: mnapril15 | July 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

For those who object to GOD being mentioned, most is said with tongue-n-cheek Get a grip and lighten up. However, I do remember God did bring the plagues upon Egypt for not obeying. YIKES!

Posted by: jctgal | July 16, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was Godzilla.

Posted by: TruthTeller2 | July 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The quake woke me up, & I remember being annoyed at why a metro train was so near to my house. I rolled over & went back to sleep.

Posted by: scpaintz | July 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I was making coffee when the windows started rattling and it sounded like someone was in my basement drilling. It was weird! My first thought was earthquake, very brief thought though, we live off of 301 and can hear loud trucks etc...until I looked at wjla news.

Posted by: kimm2 | July 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

What's next? There were bees, flies and rodents at the white house and not an earthquake? It's an omen of things to come!

Posted by: Airdoc507 | July 16, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Woke us up at 5:05, in Silver Spring. At first we thought it was a helicopter (again), but no heli noise, no trucks rolling by. It took a while to get back to sleep!

The next guess was an earthquake - had that confirmed on NPR when we got up. Quite an experience.

Posted by: MrMike3 | July 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I live on the fifth floor of an apartment building in Arlington and I didn't feel anything. Such disappointment.

Posted by: andrewlander | July 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

We felt it in Bowie.

Posted by: neil64 | July 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was Cheney's new heart pump going into overdrive.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE POST SECURITY CAMERA VIDEOS SHOWING EARTHQUAKE.

Posted by: motherseton | July 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I felt it- was getting dressed for the gym when I felt my apartment shake and heard my wine glasses on top of the refrigerator clinking. It was a little scary, and very short. I thought I was hallucinating so I sat down and prayed before I left the house:)

Posted by: creyes741 | July 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

WERE ALL GOING TO DIE

Posted by: jiji1 | July 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

We felt it in North Bethesda. It felt like an airplane landed on our roof.

Posted by: csaah | July 16, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

WERE ALL GOING TO DIE

Posted by: jiji1 | July 16, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

WERE ALL GOING TO DIE

Posted by: jiji1 | July 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The house shuddered. I thought it was the heavy trucks that daily roll over the road repairs heading to the several construction sites in our neighborhood. "Not so" said hubby, "an earthquake." My first. His several-th. Experience counts.

Posted by: Barbin | July 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I just assumed Rush Limbaugh or Newt Gingrich had passed gas or swiveled their chair, or something.

Posted by: kinkysr | July 16, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The earth moves for my wife and me every day at that time; so, we didn't notice.

Posted by: 1357111317 | July 16, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I just move to Silver Spring not too long ago and on yesterday I saw a Shark coming out of a building (Discovery Building) and now and Earthquake!!! WOW...is this Hollywood or what?

Posted by: tmwilliams31 | July 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

FOOLS, the great quakepocalypse of 2010 was merely *felt* in the District of Columbia. Clearly the source of the Almighty's anger is Germantown/Gaithersburg. Repent, ye suburbanites. Give up your cookie-cutter McMansions and your Outback Steakhouse gift cards, and ye shall be saved!

Never mind all the natural disasters in red states that actually result in death, dismemberment, and structural damage; THIS minor trembler that wouldn't even shift a Californian from his or her seat was truly a sign of things to come.

(idiots)

Posted by: ModestProposal | July 16, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Southern Howard Co., slept like a log through the whole thing. I have stacks of aluminum cans as many as 3-high standing within an inch of the edge of a table. None of them fell over.

I really don't think I missed much. At least the thunderstorms last week knocked my bike over.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | July 16, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's no big deal. We in California eat quakes like that for breakfast.

Posted by: GPorter2 | July 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I woke up just before it happened b/c my dog who was sleeping next to me, sat up and stared at the window. a Few seconds later, there was a groaning rumble followed by some low vibrations. nothing shook or rattled. We are less than 10 miles from the epicenter. My first thought was an earthquake, but then I reasoned myself out of it, thinking maybe there was just a little thunderstorm or heat lightning. it was just a long rolling thunder grumble and same vibration that you get with the thunder. I went back to sleep thinking to myself that when I got to work, I would check the geological website, just to see, but really didnt think it was actually an earthquake. Interesting

Posted by: mecalee1 | July 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I grew up living near fault line. So I have experienced several earthquakes in my childhood and youth. But this one feels more like an explosion or a sonic boom! It feels more like "rattle" than "shake." I could almost swear it also accompanied a loud "boom" noise, since I was awoke by it.

Posted by: sagaliba | July 16, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

That was the sign of agreement between the devil and Cheney. The devil agreed to let Cheney do all the destroying from now on in exchange for a few more years of post mortem life.

Posted by: coqui44 | July 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Having never experienced an earthquake, I never imagined that's what it was when I felt it. It felt and sounded like a massive explosion in the distance, and I literally ran to the window to see if there was some sort of terrorist attack or something.

Posted by: uh_huhh | July 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse


My farm is just north of the Potomac in the North-South flight path of Dulles.

I was awake in bed and heard the rumbling of what I assumed was a red-eye flight approaching Dulles, which is not unusual at that time of the morning.

Then it got VERY loud and the house started shaking.

For a split second, I thought I was going to see landing gear tearing through the ceiling above me.

I jumped out of bed and threw open the window.

Then, as if someone had thrown a switch, it just stopped abruptly.

Dead silence.

Another second and all of the frogs in the pond and bottom land started croaking simultaneously.

Very strange.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | July 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

At first, I thought some rumble from an oncoming thunderstorm was occuring. Then,
maybe the possibility of a tornado occuring
since I experienced these in Texas. And I
wrongly concluded that maybe it was a Freight Train. The railroad tracks(Red line
and Marc) runs behind my complex in Takoma NW(DC side) between Silver Spring and Takoma stations. When I arrived at work late this morning, my coworker ask me did
I feel the earthquate. Oh that what it was.

Posted by: Arunnels | July 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yep, woke me up out in Winchester, wasn't quite sure what was going on, but earthquake was one of my thoughts as I turned over and went back to sleep. All of my visits to my dad in Southern California over the years and my first earthquake is in the mid-Atlantic. Strange times.

Posted by: ValleyCaps | July 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I live in Germantown and woke up out of my sleep not knowing what was going on. Just heard a loud rumbling and my windows rattled a bit. I thought it was a low flying plane and went right back to sleep! When I woke up and found out it was an earthquake... I said "cool, never experienced on of those before!". It never crossed my mind that it might have been an earthquake because that just doesn't happen around here.

Posted by: trewred26 | July 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post panics as does the citizenry. Good thing it wasn't worse.

Posted by: MRGB | July 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post panics as does the citizenry. Good thing it wasn't worse.

Posted by: MRGB | July 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Arlington-> I always joke that my bed could be moved out from under me and I would sleep right through it, but I had an "instant on" at 5 am and thought "Earthquake! Cool!" I can check that off my list of life events.

Posted by: celtmaid | July 16, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I wondered why in the hell a tractor trailer or some other large truck was going down my street this early in the morning. It literally shook my bed and woke me up. I actually chuckled when i found out it was an earthquake. i had no clue.

Posted by: whomp1 | July 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I live in Mount Airy, MD toward Frederick. I woke up scared shaking. I realized the house was shaking and it was making noise, then the noise of the house got louder.I was trying to figure it out, then it stoped. I didn't know what to think. No one else in my house woke up either. Wierd,.. Will this happen again? and When?

Posted by: urpconsultant | July 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I live in Mount Airy, MD toward Frederick. I woke up scared shaking. I realized the house was shaking and it was making noise, then the noise of the house got louder.I was trying to figure it out, then it stoped. I didn't know what to think. No one else in my house woke up either. Wierd,.. Will this happen again? and When?

Posted by: urpconsultant | July 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

If you feel a 3.6 earthquake, and you don't know immediately what it is, you live in a good place.

I don't think Los Angeles has had one of those... this week.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | July 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought it might be the Messiah's Ascention.

Then I woke up and Obama was still here.

Posted by: Patriot12 | July 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought it might be the Messiah's Ascention.

Then I woke up and Obama was still here.

Posted by: Patriot12 | July 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't an earthquake. It was a large wad of cash falling from Cheney's pocket.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yes I felt it. And in some unusual, spiritual way, I had strangely awoken a few minutes before it started. I never wake up that early if I go to bed really late. That's why it was so weird that I was already awake. And I knew it wasn't the garbage truck because I would have heard its beeping noises and the garbage truck doesn't make the floor move that way. Something definitely happened in the spirit realm.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Amy Vaughan said its nothing out of the ordinary? And just what would be out of the ordanary? Nuts.

Posted by: gdod25 | July 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"The confusion following Friday's quake led to some misplaced theories on its cause."

I'm surprised no one has cited the April boobquake in Dupont as a possibility:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/04/26/VI2010042603023.html.

Posted by: shrayber | July 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Epicenter was about 500 ft from my house apparently. Enough to wake me up, and my first thought was either earthquake or some kind of explosion. When I realized nothing was horribly wrong outside I was back asleep. Never felt the aftershock. Not too strong but still pretty interesting.

Posted by: feyd991 | July 16, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Im, sure the people inflicted with the mental disorder known as: religion, will enguage in telepathic communications with their supreme supernatural leader, asking him why he made the Earthquake.

Posted by: unseenmirage | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I was downloading and listening to the www.mikeomearshow.com podcast with Mike O'meara, Robb Spewak, Buzz Burbank & Oscare Santana when I felt the house shake. I thought Robb farted.

Posted by: cubs-n-colts-n-07 | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I felt the earthquake in Dumfries. First I heard a loud BOOM and then the house shook slightly. I just moved here two weeks ago and my thought was "Quantico is testing ordinance." I never thought earthquake, even though I have experienced a few California quakes. I was shocked when I heard the WTOP morning crew report the earthquake. I am relieved that it was not ordinance testing. hahaha

Posted by: LillyOfCompass | July 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I felt nothing.

Posted by: cleancut77 | July 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Im, sure the people inflicted with the mental disorder known as: religion, will enguage in telepathic communications with their supreme supernatural leader, asking him why he made the Earthquake.

Posted by: unseenmirage | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM

It's bad enough that you're trolling, but you could at least learn out how to write the English language before you do.

Posted by: feyd991 | July 16, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Im, sure the people inflicted with the mental disorder known as: religion, will enguage in telepathic communications with their supreme supernatural leader, asking him why he made the Earthquake.

Posted by: unseenmirage | July 16, 2010 12:02 PM

It's bad enough that you're trolling, but you could at least learn out how to write the English language before you do.

Posted by: feyd991 | July 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It was Michelle Obama trying to level out her eyebrows.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Takoma DC - in the upper northwest corner of DC. It's hard to get me up before 7am but this stirred me out of my bed. I immediately knew it was an earthquake. I heard a noise that I first thought was a CSX train going by the Takoma metro station, but then my bed and the whole house shook for a couple seconds. It freaked me out.

Posted by: DCcomm | July 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Vienna, VA

Remained sound asleep through the whole thing.

Posted by: guest1 | July 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Live in D.C. Didn't feel a thing -- slept right through it.

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | July 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I felt it this morning in beautiful West Springfield, Va.

Posted by: pvasquez1 | July 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington, D.C.:

Congratulations on losing your virginity.

Now, you just need a decent beach, have 9-month summers, and legalize pot and you'll be as cool as us! Have a nice day!

Sincerely,
California

P.S.: A 3.6 is not an actual "earthquake."

Posted by: sslatten3 | July 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh such wit from the Obamaphobes! You wingnuts is sooo funny the way you spin an minor tremor into political satire!

Here's some advice: don't give up your day jobs thinking you can have a career writing for SNL or Leno.

Posted by: dldbug | July 16, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The shaking woke me up but I knew immediately what it was, oddly enough, and thought, "Wow, the ground is moving but my building is secure enough not to!" A very strange feeling.

Posted by: Vicki6 | July 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm just amazed that Metro somehow still managed to stay operational...

Posted by: mika_england | July 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought the the gangs in my neighborhood had acquired cannons. Seriously, I didn't feel it, but my birds woke me up around that time so they must have.

Posted by: CalmTruth | July 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm just amazed that Metro somehow still managed to stay operational...

Posted by: mika_england | July 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

i too awoke to a loud rumblng noise. thought it was from a dream 'cause I scanned the room and though hearing that loud rumbling sound (not a shake), my "guard" dog, my birds and my wife were still asleep. Hence the dream. Looking outside nothing appeared wrong. no trees swaying, just peaceful calm. very strange experience.

Posted by: perryrants | July 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

And if this was a sign of God's wrath at Washington, what can we say about what He does routinely in Red State America with tornadoes, floods and hurricanes that actually take human life?

Posted by: dldbug | July 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If the house is rockin', don't come knockin'!

Posted by: CalmTruth | July 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm just amazed that Metro somehow still managed to stay operational...
Posted by: mika_england
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Don't worry, it didn't wake up the train operators.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

In Takoma Park, it woke our whole house. One roommate was freaking out so I yelled out to him, "THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!!!". Great fun in the early AM. All of us laughed and went back to sleep.

Posted by: ericroks | July 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It was Albert Haynesworth arriving in town for training camp!!!!

Posted by: padraic170 | July 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It was Albert Haynesworth falling on the ground with an "owie"!!!!

Posted by: padraic170 | July 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

No I didn't. I think DJIA did though.... finally. November '06' through to November '08'.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | July 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. A little tiny quake and D.C. residents actually get nervous indicates how full of fear many residents of the capital city are. I experience the Alaskan quake of '64, the So. California quakes of '71 and '94.
Get a grip!

Posted by: sperrico | July 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

5 Miles from the epicenter, and there was much rattling and shaking. All I can say is, I need new windows!!!

Upside: at least I got up and went to the gym early :)

Posted by: pitsbrgher | July 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's the drilling for oil, off-shore and otherwise. Somethings gotta fill the vacuum left behind.

Posted by: shhhhh | July 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Felt it very distinctly in Bowie, off Highbridge Road. An intense, shuddering, trembling vibration. After it passed---it seemed to last about 10 seconds---I thought, "This must be what an earthquake feels like," but thought that couldn't possibly be what really happened. Have been to California several times and never experienced one there. Who would have guessed my first earthquake experience would be in Maryland!

Posted by: bowie-md | July 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I live in what the locals call North Bethesda (zip code 20852), commonly referred to Rockville. I was asleep when the earthquake hit but it did jolt me awake. I thought a plane was flying really low and expected to hear a crash. When no explosion followed nor rescue sirens, I went back to sleep. My neighbor told me mid-morning while I was out walking the dog what really happened. So cool. Experiencing an earthquake was one of the items on my bucket list. I've seen lava flow, walked on a glacier, fly fished in grizzly territory, scuba diving, now this. So much more to experience.

Posted by: griffonglade | July 16, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I assure you, this jolt was just a small precursor to the massive quake that is coming in November. Liberal structures will tumble; Progressive policies will fall to the ground, and huge fissures will open up and swallow whole those who's flawed politics have weakened but not destroyed the framework of our nation. We will yet again be the strong nation our forefathers delivered to us.

Posted by: PaulDF | July 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I assure you, this jolt was just a small precursor to the massive quake that is coming in November. Liberal structures will tumble; Progressive policies will fall to the ground, and huge fissures will open up and swallow whole those who's flawed politics have weakened but not destroyed the framework of our nation. We will yet again be the strong nation our forefathers delivered to us.

Posted by: PaulDF | July 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I assure you that this small jolt is just a mild precursor to the massive quake in November that will fundamentally transform the political landscape in Washington D.C.

Huge, overburdened liberal structures will come crashing down, massive fissures will open up and swallow whole those politicians that have wreaked havoc upon our land.

The very unnatural disaster of the last two years will then be over, and once again we can rebuild our nation into the firm, stable structure that our forefathers delivered to us over two hundred years ago.

Posted by: PaulDF | July 16, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I woke up around 5 and my house in Rockville was trembling. I thought it was trucks driving nearby.

Oh wait, that's the same thing that 500 people already said here. Why did I post this?

Posted by: buckeye293 | July 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

sperrico, that's the most idiotic comment, and it does not indicate how "full of fear" DC folks are. I live in Ca., and I don't give a rat's butt how many you live through, the suddenness of an earthquake is especially frightening to those who have never felt one. Maybe some morning you'll awake to a tornado sucking up your bedroom while you're in it. Enjoy the ride, dude!

Posted by: tmkelley | July 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I woke up with the bed gently shaking and thought it was the cats playing and the next thing I know they split and the bed was still shaking. I thought; we just had an earthquake! Sure enough on the news they were being swamped with email and then gave a cofirmation of it. I thought it was quite an experience! So glad everything is safe and no disaster!

Posted by: pandarock2 | July 16, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Woodbridge, VA, and I felt it. Woke up for no reason a few seconds before it started; things started vibrating in my bedroom (no pun intended); I thought that's either an earthquake or a really big truck going by. Told my co-workers I'm like an animal - I can detect natural disasters before they happen.

Posted by: ktzmom13 | July 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

First, bees swarm the White House, then flies on Obama's are on Obama's face during public aappearances. A rat crosses in front of Obama in the Rose Garden live,on TV . A TV commentator mentions Obama and swallows a large fly, live on camera. Now, an earthquake in D.C.
People must be thinking about why these events are happening.

Posted by: fakedude1 | July 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I were doing our morning humpty hump, I thought "WOW he gettin it now" WHooooooooooooooooooo!

Posted by: Justhinkin | July 16, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, out here on the left coast, I don't even get out of bed for a 3.6.

Posted by: lilchas | July 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks. I realy just hit the Submit button once. Seems to be a bit of an echo from Germantown. Maybe it's the aftershocks.

Posted by: Jackmathias
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Jack, posting is logarithmic, so a post about a 3.6 quake will appear four times more than a post about a 2.6.

Posted by: whatmeregister | July 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Woodbridge and I felt it. Woke up for no reason a few seconds before it started; things started vibrating in my bedroom (no pun intended); I thought that's either an earthquake or a really big truck going by. Told my co-workers I'm like an animal - I can detect natural disasters before they happen.

Posted by: ktzmom13 | July 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

3.6--Living directly on top tof the Hayward fault, I don't even get out of bed for a 3.6.

Posted by: lilchas | July 16, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I live in Finksburg, MD and felt the earthquake at about 4:59am. I was asleep and felt the bed shaking and thought the kids were up to something. Then my daughter who has returned from living in CA.. asked did I feel the house shaking.. I thought it was so weird. The tremors lasted a few seconds but could definitely be felt. Needless to say, initially I thought it was some sort of truck accident on the busy highway nearby.

Posted by: n2self | July 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

My daughter was in the bathroom brushing her teeth -- getting ready for work. She thought her dad and I were having a little morning fun in our bedroom.

Posted by: HotChocolate | July 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested, I'm selling "I survived" t-shirts out of my parents garage this weeeknd

Posted by: pippo2k1 | July 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Sperrico, nobody I've talked to about it is or was "full of fear." I think we're bemused and kind of pleased that we can say we've experienced a quake of our very own.

Now if it were an oil spill, that would be a very different matter.

Posted by: whatmeregister | July 16, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I felt it in Tenleytown but my wife does not believe me.......

Posted by: mjwies11 | July 16, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Its called "stop screwing with the earth" and these things won't happen so often. Yes, some are natural events but many many more will be caused by MAN and their inability to use reason and control their greed.

The earth is collapsing from within due to us taking ore's and minerals out of it. That is why sink holes are multiplying around the world.

Earthquakes will continue to get worse and so will tsunami's, volcano's, hurricanes and more... When you mess with the stability of the earth, you will reap the consequences of your actions.

And something must be said about overpopulation. There are simply too many people on the planet. We are approaching 8 billion and we add another 1 billion every 10 years. To think that we can sustain that level of growth is ignorant and stupid. Its time to grow up.

Posted by: mgilbo | July 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I felt it all the way down in Charlottesville - woke up a little after 5am to a rumbling and shaking, but thought it just must have been a dream that woke me up.

Posted by: SaraKC02 | July 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else wonder if this is related to BP successfully plugging the oil spill in the golf? Reports last night were saying that the pressure would be building up somewhere else. I'm not a geologist, but its just a thought

Posted by: peacenlove | July 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else wonder if this is related to BP successfully plugging the oil spill in the golf? Reports last night were saying that the pressure would be building up somewhere else. I'm not a geologist, but its just a thought

Posted by: peacenlove | July 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

That was way cool!!! Heard more than felt it. Was in Potomac, at 5am working in a space behind a large hall. Heard a deep rumbling-couldn't figure out what it was. Asked a woman nearby-Did you hear that? Yes she said it sounded like someone was dragging something heavy across the hall floor. Minutes later saw the breaking news that it was an earthquake. Always wanted to know what one would feel like. Now I know. That was cool,anything more than that,like California- I'd have to move.

Posted by: gurudev16 | July 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I left DC yesterday for Worcester, MA. We may have felt it here, my dog barked at 5:04am and looked south.

Posted by: jollimonn | July 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Call me a big baby, but as soon as the rumbling started I woke up. Groggy i put both arms on the bed and watched my bed shake, my curtains moves slightly and I could feel my townhouse rumble. I didnt want to believe it was an earthquake, so I looked outside like 5 times and it was as quiet as could be. I knew I just experienced an earthquake, but I really couldnt do anything but go back to sleep, just now I had a few butterflies in my stomach to deal with! It was strong to me I live in NW, DC near the Silver Spring, MD line. Am I the only one that felt it that strong??

Posted by: lisariver123 | July 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I live in Bethesda on the 14th floor right downtown, I felt nothing slept right through it. Oh well, sounds pretty exciting too bad I missed it.

Posted by: lisannez | July 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that there is a nuclear reactor within a mile or two of the epicenter at the National Institute of Standards Technology?

Posted by: jeffball1 | July 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I live in Bethesda on the 14th floor right downtown, I felt nothing slept right through it. Oh well, sounds pretty exciting too bad I missed it.

Posted by: lisannez | July 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse


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Oh my goodness, @Justhinkin: I cannot stop laughing at your post! Hilarious! Good for you sweetie.

I live in Takoma Park and I thought it was thunder. Woke me up, but then I back to sleep :)

Posted by: anna131 | July 16, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The most excitement in my bed in years. Lasted 5 seconds...which, unfortunately, is typical.

Posted by: Bebunk | July 16, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Until further notice, increased emergency insurance premiums will oblige members of the National Capital Outdoor Merchants Association to raise prices. For example, hot dogs now will be $3.00.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | July 16, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Until further notice, increased emergency insurance premiums will oblige members of the National Capital Outdoor Merchants Association to raise prices. For example, hot dogs now will be $3.00.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | July 16, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

For sure, is it really true that Robert Gibbs will issue a statement crediting the quake to George Bush?

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | July 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Fracking. Forget the water contamination issues. . .the real issue is seismic destabilization.

Posted by: Tess6 | July 16, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Should we run to the store to stock up on bread, milk, and toilet paper for the aftershocks?

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

OOhhhh, 5am...this morning? False alarm, guys. Not an earthquake. I had company over last night for the first time in a very loooooooooonng time. We'll keep it down next time.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Tysons Corner - Live on 3rd fl of a high-rise & we didn't feel/hear a damn thing! I wear earplugs & a blindfold to bed, but my bf doesn't & didn't feel/hear anything either. How many people in high-rises felt/heard something?

Posted by: LadeM | July 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I felt it and heard it in Temple Hills, MD near the now defunct Rosecroft Raceway. It woke me up out of my sleep and the very FIRST thing I thought was "Hmm...Fighter Jet?" since I live near Andrews AFB, but then I didn't hear that airplane sound afterward so then I thought "Hmm...Earthquake" and I immediately went back to sleep..lol

Posted by: Ms511 | July 16, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

woke me up at 5:00 this morning, I scratched my behind and went back to sleep. Didn't even know what it was until a facebook post this morning.

p.s
the previous comments are hilarious!! Kudos!

Posted by: nelle1230 | July 16, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

A 3.6?!? You people are WEENIES. Here in Los Angeles we eat 3.6's for lunch. Try experiencing a 5.0, or the 1994 Northridge quake - a whopping 6.7. But you all have to live within a few miles of Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the Washington scum, so you have my condolences.

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 16, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope you will join in our support of the victims of the 2010 DC Earthquake. Many lives were affected by this tragedy. Please join our facebook group to show your support.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=144657415549386

Posted by: pheared | July 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

A 3.6?!? You people are WEENIES. Here in Los Angeles we eat 3.6's for lunch. Try experiencing a 5.0, or the 1994 Northridge quake - a whopping 6.7. But you all have to live within a few miles of Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the Washington scumbags, so you have my condolences.

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I felt and heard it as I walked to my car up in North Baltimore. Didn't feel like much, but was noticable. My initial thought was that one of my neigbors had slammed their door REALLY hard.

Posted by: dave270 | July 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way....

"There's not a single tree branch down," Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham said. "This was a nonevent, thank God."

??

Tree branches do not fall down in an earthquake. Buildings do. If your fire and rescue teams are going around looking for downed tree branches after an earthquake, you might want to tell them that perhaps they should be inspecting buildings, foundations, bridges, gas lines and other forms of infrastructure, NOT looking for downed branches. This was an earthquake, not a thunderstorm.

Posted by: QuineGeology | July 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

It's a sign from God for Congress and/or Obama to [fill in the blank].

Posted by: caribis | July 16, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

What strikes me as quite interesting is that right above the epicenter there is a barren area, no grass, and very limited foliage. So what has been leaking up from there that might have had this effect?

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=forest+brooks,+germantown,+md&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=59.206892,62.050781&ie=UTF8&cd=1&hq=forest+brooks,&hnear=Germantown,+Montgomery,+Maryland&ll=39.169739,-77.251082&spn=0.001797,0.001894&t=h&z=19

Unfortunately Google Maps does not provide enough 3D detail to properly assess if what we're looking at there might be a sink hole or something similar. Maybe one of the locals could tell us more about it.

Either way, this aspect clearly stands out in comparison to the surrounding areas:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=forest+brooks,+germantown,+md&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=59.206892,62.050781&ie=UTF8&cd=1&hq=forest+brooks,&hnear=Germantown,+Montgomery,+Maryland&ll=39.169731,-77.251053&spn=0.014373,0.015149&t=h&z=16

Posted by: DontSpamMe | July 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

This is a pre-cursor to the earthquake that's going to hit DC in November!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | July 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I live in southern Pa. very close to Camp David and didn't notice anything.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 16, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, from all the brew haw you would think we got hit with a 7.0 earthquake. It was a little 3.6 earthquake; a non event.

Posted by: michaelgordon | July 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Aww, a 3.6, how cute...

Posted by: tadamsca | July 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Aww, a 3.6, how cute...

Posted by: tadamsca | July 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sound asleep and woke to the shaking (Riverdale). Thought it was an earthquake but that seemed ridiculous, so I turned on TV to see if they verified, which they did about 10 minutes later.

Posted by: sscott7100 | July 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Reply to "DontSpamMe"

The epicenter is not a single point.

Location uncertainty from USGS web site: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/us2010yua6.php

"Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.3 km (8.3 miles); depth fixed by location program"

Posted by: rpuchuri | July 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

It was the rest of America trying to wake up the people in Washington to the fact that America is not recovering.

We have to remember that only manufacturing industry creates wealth. The rest of us are parasites that live off industry. Over the past 10 years we have given up our industry to other countries in return for access to their financial markets so that our bankers can make more cash. China dug a deep hole for America and we all jumped in with a cheer.

We need to cancel trade agreements, reinstate tariffs and enforce the old rules that banned export of technology used by our military.

Wake up Washington, this morning's shake was a gentle hint.

Posted by: maurice14 | July 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I remember waking up for like 10 seconds cause I felt a movement of some kind. I went back to bed. In the morning I thought I was dreaming since I was really tired and deeply in sleep when it happened. I remember looking at the clock for a second and it was around 5.
Then I went to work and a customer asked me if I felt the earthquake this morning. Turns out it wasn't a dream haha
Hope this doesn't turn out to be more serious, I really don't want any surprises.

Posted by: Tors | July 16, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@ ALL XTIANS
NO IT WAS NOT "GOD", IF THAT WAS SO THEN YOUR "GOD" WOULD BE UNJUST, WHAT ABOUT THE KKK, WOMEN RIGHTS ,SLAVERY AND PUTTING ESTROGEN IN THE FOOD AND WATER SOURCES AND PREORDAINING THAT ALL EMBRYOS START OF AS GENETIC FEMALES (THATS WHY MEN HAVE TEETS)THEN SAYING IN ECCL.22:3 FEMALE BIRTHS ARE USELESS

Posted by: shaiarra | July 16, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

***HOPE A LARGER QUAKE HITS DC ON NOV 2, 2010!! THIS TIME, FROM THE VOTERS THROUGHOUT THE LAND!!*** Talk about GREED -- you can find a lot of it in the halls of Congress and 1600 PA AVE!!

Hope to start fixing that this fall!!

Posted by: wheeljc | July 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The Navy is doing secret tunneling with Clarke and Kiewit Construction:
Washington Post, November 26, 2004, Pg. B1
Navy Keeps A Secret In Plain Sight
Hush-Hush Project Underway by Potomac
By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post

Shortly after dawn on a recent morning, two dump trucks and a water tanker pulled up to a new, unmarked complex of buildings at East Potomac Park, the grassy peninsula near the Jefferson Memorial. The drivers exited their cabs, knocked at a gatehouse with blacked-out windows and waited for a security guard to emerge from behind a locked door.

A few minutes later, a panel of 10-foot-high security fence slid open, and the trucks disappeared inside, leaving the joggers and cyclists along the waterfront none the wiser about their mission.

What goes on beyond the fence is a mystery. The multi-agency review normally required to erect anything on federal parkland did not apply to the beige, metal buildings. The Navy, which operates the site at Ohio and Buckeye drives SW, calls the work a "utility assessment and upgrade" and volunteers nothing more.
-------
Six years later 3.6 Mag earthquake...

Posted by: GarrisonLiberty | July 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

luv2bikva: "And only one post so far saying it sounded like a freight train".

Yes it sounded like a freight train, no surprise as we are off Waring Station next to the line. After ten seconds of that there was a single pulse and the house shook, then it was over. Probably was quicker as we are actually over the epicenter. I knew it was an earthquake, because I've lived in Japan.

Posted by: j_s_nightingale | July 16, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Earthquakes - heatwaves - welcome to the land of Shake 'N Bake!

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | July 16, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Earthquakes - heat waves - welcome to the land of Shake 'N Bake!

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | July 16, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the Big Kahuna to roll down the Potomac.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the Big Kahuna to roll down the Potomac. Would it be awsome if a tsunami wiped out North Potomac.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | July 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I live a couple of miles from the epicenter. Was going from the bed to the bathroom to start my day. A bit of a rumble and some vibration and then it stopped. I did not even know what it was until I came out and my neighbors were all out at 6:00 AM which never happens. Only then did I learn what happened.


Surprised that not one poster here Blamed Bush for it but the day is still young.

Posted by: Pilot1 | July 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I was lying in bed minding my own business when a thick fog began to appear under my bedroom door. The fog began to fill up the room. It became hard to see. In the haze I could just make out a grotesque figure--half man, quarter beast, quarter kochina, and a tiny smidgen of Golem. A rumbling began in the distance, like an aircraft carrier was coming down the street toward the house. A band was playing on deck--Molly Malone it sounded like. As I tried to raise myself, the beast extended its gnarled hand and shook it in my direction. A meta-force threw me back, more powerful than anything I've experienced...true spooky action at a distance. The beast smiled a wet smile and then began to laugh a sick, mocking laugh. Then, as suddenly as it had begun, it stopped, leaving nothing but an echo of that hideous laughter which I never shall forget. I was very surprised to learn that it's being called an earthquake.

Posted by: calhern | July 16, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Ashton: Heard it, felt it, wondered if I were dreaming. Didn't last long, but have a few branches down from the larger trees. Thrill of the month!

Posted by: lconline | July 16, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

chill out guys I was peeing outside at 5 AM sorry for the inconvinience WONT Happen again

Posted by: VABUDDY | July 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

WELL,
I REALLY THINK IT IS TOO BAD THIS MILD EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT MAJOR QUAKE THAT SHOULD HAVE QUAKED DC WHILE THE
BUSH ADMIN. WAS STILL IN POWER !!! YOU KNOW, WHILE BUSH AND CHENEY AND ROVE AND FLEISHER AND CARD AND RUMSFELD AND RICE AND
GONZALES AND THOMPSON AND CHERTOFF AND BOLTEN. YOU, KNOW A CATASTROPHIC QUAKE !!! OF COARSE, JUST WHERE THESE PEOPLE WERE. WELL, SO MUCH FOR WISHFUL THINKING !!!

Posted by: ROOSTERTLC | July 16, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Bowie: Heard a crash and a shake like thunder. Our dog Snowflake started barking. Thought it might be an earthquake but did not think about it until I heard it on the news.

Posted by: flashjulie | July 16, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Woodbine (Carroll County), MD. felt and heard a tremendous rumble right at 5:04 AM.
Then I went to the bathroom and the same thing happened in there.

Posted by: obsean1 | July 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

We are in Hagerstown, MD and felt it. My daughter woke up as did I. I went downstairs to check with my nightowl husband and he said it was the clothes washer on the spin cycle. I went back to sleep then saw what it was on the news....

Posted by: helguy | July 16, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

GODZILLA !!!

Posted by: JamesMeager1 | July 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Felt it near Seven Corners/Baileys Crossroads. Happened to be awake at that crazy hour (not usual for me) and heard the long low rumbling and felt the faint vibration... sounded sort of like a large semi rumbling by, but that was impossible where my condo is. I also thought of thunder but it didn't sound quite like that and seemed longer.

Immediately checked weather.com (nothing), and the news on my cell phone (nothing yet). Imagined some large explosion in D.C. The low sub-sonics really hit your nerves. It was certainly exciting!

Posted by: Krista_L | July 16, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Woke up to the house trembling. Knew immediately what it was; husband slept right through it. Reminds me of the Princess and the Pea - either you're sensitive to these things, or you're not.

Posted by: GurssMD | July 16, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

To the Californians that seem to think we're all babies, sure in perspective of living California this was a small earthquake, but we're not in California, and many of us have lived our whole lives without Earthquakes.

Imagine if there was a hurricane ( or tornado as someone else mentioned) ripping through Los Angeles, you'd be shocked. That is what happens when unexpected things happen.

I live in Manassas and felt nothing, I think some people may be over-reacting a touch. It seems it was a minor one and people from waaaaaaay far from the epicenter were woken suddenly, it just seems extreme. But I'm from Virginia (originally, all 28 of my years) so I'm hardly an earthquake expert.

Posted by: patyeo81 | July 16, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I live in Gaithersburg--not far from the epicenter--I woke up from a dead sleep at 5 AM to what sounded and felt like a train coming through--and then this very loud "BOOM"--which sounded like a cement building dropped from the sky--it lasted about 15 seconds--I felt aftershocks at about 2:30 PM--the same rumbling and noise but not as loud--This is my 1st earthquake ever--I've lived here since 1962--but I knew immediately that this was an earthquake.

Posted by: bd1919 | July 16, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Silver Spring from 1986-1987 before I moved to Monterey,CA in March 1987 and I experienced the Loma Prieta Earthquake-thank god the Orioles aren't playing the Giants tonights at 5:04 P.M. if another earthquake strikes the way the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck during the big A's-Giants World Series on October 17,1989.

Posted by: ltsypkin | July 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Silver Spring before from 1986-1987 before I moved to Monterey,CA. I experienced the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Thank god the Giants aren't playing the Orioles at 5:04 P.M. tonight the way the third game of the Earthquake Series was when the A's were playing the Giants during the years of all the A's-Giants controversy.

Posted by: ltsypkin | July 16, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

3.6? Seriously? Snoozefest.

Posted by: getridofem | July 16, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

3.6? Seriously? Snoozefest.

Posted by: getridofem | July 16, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I imagine some may have been shaken in DC but most likely no one was stirred! Maybe some country is doing elf tests?

Posted by: Wildthing1 | July 16, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

it was probably your typical leeching liberals fighting over some newly handed out cheese and ACORN discounts for tax savings on abusing their children.

Posted by: JWx2 | July 16, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

it was probably your typical leeching liberals fighting over some newly handed out cheese and ACORN discounts for tax savings on abusing their children.

Posted by: JWx2 | July 16, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow, OK that makes a lot of sense!

Lou
www.real-anonymity.net.tc

Posted by: clermontpc | July 16, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Mel Gibson stayed at his Maryland home last night. He reported awoke at 5:04am and said, "God damn it, is my wife screwing a wild pack of niggas again???"

Posted by: nahnahNo | July 16, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Mel Gibson stayed at his Maryland home last night. He reported awoke at 5:04am and said, "God damn it, is my wife screwing a wild pack of niggas again???"

Posted by: nahnahNo | July 16, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Mel Gibson stayed at his Maryland home last night. He reported awoke at 5:04am and said, "God damn it, is my wife screwing a wild pack of niggas again???"

Posted by: nahnahNo | July 16, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

What’s the big deal about this tremor? No lives lost, no major damage, no major problems, and most importantly no big deal.

Posted by: barryncity | July 16, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse


All this fuss over a 3.6? Here in Southern California people don't even break stride unless it's a whole lot stronger. Aftershocks from the 7.2 Mexico quake here are so common that we don't even bother reporting it in our publication unless they're around 4.5 or 5!

Posted by: LibertyBelle | July 16, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Prelude to a coming event in November...

Posted by: jasonn13 | July 17, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Missed the quake in Solomons MD..weather more interesting at the British Open KMF

Posted by: kmforsythe | July 17, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

This wasn't an earthquake at all. It was our Founding Fathers and everyone in Arlington Cemetery rolling over in their graves.
Word just got to them what Obama is doing to their brilliant work.

Posted by: Rick67 | July 17, 2010 4:24 AM | Report abuse

This wasn't an earthquake at all. It was our Founding Fathers and everyone in Arlington Cemetery rolling over in their graves.
Word just got to them what Obama is doing to their brilliant work.

Posted by: Rick67 | July 17, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

That's great, it starts with an earthquake,
birds and snakes, an aeroplane...
Felt like my wedding night! lol!

Posted by: horsechip | July 17, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I live near Dulles and didn't notice it.

Did anyone have experience of car alarms or other security alarms going off as a result of the shaking?

Posted by: BTMPost | July 17, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The WH needs to have the royal seismograph tuned up for the November earthquake....WP should also be sure to allot an extra large comment section following the elections.

Posted by: mjrie | July 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the world of earthquakes. Japan has a experienced based disaster preparedness and home safty center in every major city. All school children, caregivers etc. must be trainned. We have been trying to get Homeland Security to examine the Japanese approach with no luck.There need to be a national demo of this type of preparedness training. We spend millions and the local professionals say it is not effective. We can learn by the experience of others. If you are in Fukuoka Japan, go by and experience a 7 eathquake. http://citiwire.net/post/1764/

Posted by: billsseattle | July 18, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

i was awakened by my daughter to go get her a bottle of milk 25 minutes before the quake hit. i heard was a loud grinding-like noise. my initial thought was that a train/plane was driving by but then i checked the news. my first quake!

Posted by: sepulchre | July 18, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm in Germantown, right off 270 and Middlebrook. Lying awake just after 5:00 and heard a sound like a large jet approaching and then 5 huge booms - walls and ceiling were vibrating. It was over in about 5 seconds. Ran to the window, expecting sirens and flames - thought it had to be an explosions. Deadly quiet - didn't find out until later in the morning that it was an earthquake. Very cool. No damage.

Posted by: CarolBG | July 19, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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