Hey Space Placers!
Sorry I missed you yesterday but the "Great Quake" in VA kept me busy. I must confess that I was in Georgia and did not feel it but there were reports of it being felt down here. Read More About It:
When it happened at just before 2 pm, Tuesday, it felt very similar to 9/11. I was in the DC area when that happened. The cell phone circuits were messed up and a panicked, and hysterical - literally- woman called my cell phone which had the incoming call listed as "Home". She said she was trying to get ahold of her daughter and the phone number was really not simialr to mine.
People in Northern VA and DC are not used to earthquakes - this is being billed as a "once in a century" seismic event, so when it was rumbling and quaking the ground, people thought it was an explosion or plane crash. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 right around the corner this really got to people.
It is amazing to me that the quake's center was only a 1/2 mile down! That is incredible - no wonder the now calculated 5.8 event was so sharp and strong.
I'll say it again - we are ALLOWED to live on this planet ONLY because the climate and geology allow us. We get reminders of weather every day - yesterday it was geology's turn to remind us of its affects.
Sky Guy in GA