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We're all safe from the earthquake and don't you worry we will rebuild!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This was a tweet someone sent yesterday in regards to yesterday's earthquake and I thought it was hysterical!

However, man oh man is California busting the East Coast's chops over our 5.9 earthquake. What California resident's don't understand is:

1. that we do not get earthquakes here.

2. they don't realize that a 5.3 earthquake hit Colorado 7 hours earlier in the day. That alone scared me personally to death.

3. We meaning NY, NJ, and Washington DC have been through 911. It hit close to home and most of us thought that it was another terrorist attack. For me personally we thought that Lakehurst Naval Base or Fort Dix was hit or that the Forked River Nuclear Plant exploded or melted down. Now to me, that is scary.*

4. We had a shallow earthquake. Yes California gets bigger earthquakes but a shallow earthquake is one that occurs close to the earth's surface. Shallow earthquakes are more damaging than deeper earthquakes to due there being less rock to absorb the shaking. You California have a dense rock formation underneath that absorbs more of the shock. Ours was felt in father regions due to this.

Just had to get that off my chest! All is good now!

*PS: for me personally when it 1st hit I was sitting in my living room watching my soaps. The house started wiggling and swaying and my 1st thought was not an earthquake. I said to myself," What the %!@# kind of medicine do they have me on now. When I realized it was an earthquake after the 2nd tremor that is when the panic set in because we just don't get earthquakes. Then I had to worry about my Mom who lives in Virginia and my brother and his family that live in Maryland. Cell phones weren't working so I couldn't get through on that, Verizon land lines went down in NJ for a little while and I couldn't get through on that. I finally said oh use the internet because that is how we had to communicate when 911 hit and all of the cell phone and telephone towers went down.

Thanks for all who asked about my Mom. She volunteers at the White House and Tuesday is the day she volunteers. The 1st tremor hit and they were scared. The 2nd one hot and that was a huge one, loud rumbling and all. They evacuated everyone and the group my Mom was in, they were told to exit via the fire escape. My Mom was said she was pretty cool about it and only got scared when a Marine that was in the group leading them out was scared stiff. She kept saying, "Oh my God, Oh my God, We're going to die!" My Mom sai9d she could have smacked the Marine because she was scaring the crap out of all of them, If anyone should have been calm it should have been the Marine.

Washington DC was warned of more aftershocks last night and even today. NJ however I don't think will feel these. That is ok with me!

Glad it is over and glad the damage was minimal. I did hear that the White House, the Capital, and the National Basilica did sustain some damage as a result. Damage included arch displacement, cracking, falling limestone and rotating pinnacles on the Cathedral's neogothic towers. National Cathedral Head Mason Joe Alonso estimated a piece weighing about 3,000 pounds toppled from the central tower. I think the news said 4 turrets on the Church snapped off and fell.

Glad that is over for NJ. Now we are concerned about Hurricane Irene that is supposed to hit the East Coast between now and Sunday. They are estimating only a Category One when it hits NJ. The Carolina's I am afraid are supposed to get a Category 3 or 4.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLONDIE410 8/26/2011 12:37AM

    Thanks for your blog, it was great. I was in the car, when it hit, then we went to Wendy's to eat and people were getting phone calls in there. I heard them say Washington and I thought they meant the state of Washington. Then we went out to leave and everyone outside were on there phones so I put on the radio and found out where it was. My sister lives in Virginia , I called and she was ok.Now we have a hurricane on the way...

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WEDDWT 8/25/2011 11:11PM

    one earthquake down, one hurricane to go.....
Batten the hatches, Yvonne!
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EGRAMMY 8/25/2011 7:30AM

    Thanks for the update. Glad you and family are aok

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MACMOM57 8/24/2011 9:49PM

    Amen you said it all. It was quite scary I really didn't know what to thing at first then could get the phones to work to check on the kids. Did not feel any after shock. Ok now it watch about Irene. Glad your ok.

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ASHARON 8/24/2011 8:36PM

    Glad that you are ok. Felt it pretty good here in NC

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/24/2011 8:07PM

    I work on the 4th floor in a building in Pittsburgh and it was definitely swaying. Now I am positive I will never live in earthquake zones - not sure I will even visit.

Keeping an eye on Irene - we have family all over the east coast. Hope it doesn't bring more than rain to anyone.

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L*I*T*A* 8/24/2011 6:12PM

    good to hear all turned out for you and yours,,,,,,
what a shock to so many when this happens....
blessings and hugs......lita

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/24/2011 6:06PM

    Luckily I am in the midwest seldom get them, actually felt one back in the 80"s thought it was the dog thumping her tail and realized that she was outside, weird.
I do have family in NC and we are worried about them.
Glad you are ok

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 8/24/2011 5:23PM

    I'm glad you are okay. I got a kick out of your initial reaction to it. :-)

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WILLOW49 8/24/2011 5:21PM

    My dil has family in Philly & DC. Thankfully everyone is okay. I did feel the earthquake here in NY state, but it wasn't too bad. I hope that hurricane blows out to sea...we can always hope!

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CANBDONE 8/24/2011 4:58PM

    I heard on the news this morning that the reason an east coast earthquake seems harsher is that the east coast is older than the west coast. I'm not up on my science...
I'm on the coast of Georgia and it looks like we'll be fine. Of course, I'm praying it blows out to sea. What's next? LOCUSTS?

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DS9KIE 8/24/2011 4:09PM

    wow that sounds scary..glad your alright and glad your mom is good.

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GLORYB2014 8/24/2011 3:09PM

    We felt the tremor from the earthquake way up here in Ontario, Canada, Yvonne!
Earlier this week there was a tornado not too far from us and loads of damage to a town, our city is getting up a fund raiser to help them ... there is also another tornado 'watch' on just north of us ... these are things we generally don't get up this way, or at least not often and not bad!!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 8/24/2011 3:07PM

    Why did I feel a tremor here in St. Louis, MO? People think I felt something else, but when I felt it, I thought earthquake...minutes later my Twitter was blowing up that it was an earthquake in VA. I think I am just in-tune with the earth a bit mroe. I was sitting at my desk at work around lunchtime, no one else was around so it was pretty quiet, and I felt it. Weirdest thing ever!!

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LINDABENEDICT 8/24/2011 3:05PM

    Twas scary ! I have family in VA and MD too...and we felt it here in SW Pa. We all were lucky !

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