Thursday, August 25, 2011

SHOOK ONES: 4.5 EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCK HITS D.C. OVERNIGHT


This is a camera phone picture I took as I stood outside on13th & Pennsylvania Ave in D.C. minutes after the earthquake on Tuesday

According to the Washington Post, a 4.5-magnitude aftershock hit the D.C. metropolitan-area at 1:07 a.m. this morning (August 25).

The temblor was centered 31 miles east of Charlottesville, Va., near the epicenter of this past Tuesday (August 23) earthquake. 
The USGS received more than 6,800 reports from people who felt the quake, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the agency’s National Earthquake Information Center. Most came from Virginia, but reports of tremors also came from D.C., Maryland and as far away as Pennsylvania and New York. It is the fifth — and largest — aftershock since Tuesday’s quake.
This past Tuesday (August 23), according to the Washington Post,  a 5.8 earthquake hit the east coast, stretching as far east as Portland, Maine and as far south as South Carolina. 

The earthquake’s epicenter is located near the North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia. No damage was reported at the plant, but two nuclear reactors were shut down on Tuesday, but have since restored its normal power supply.

In D.C., three pinnacles from the central tower of the National Cathedral fell off and there were reports that two floors of the Pentagon have flooded, and a possible fire broke out in one of the Senate buildings.









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