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Old 07-16-10, 06:44 AM
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3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

WASHINGTON - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook the WTOP listening area just after 5 a.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey says it happened at exactly 5:04:49 a.m.

"It was centered in the Germantown-Gaithersburg area," Randy Balwin with the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Information Center tells WTOP.

"It was certainly widely felt throughout the area," Baldwin says.

"There's always a chance of getting aftershocks. As a general rule, the aftershocks are of a less magnitude."

D.C. emergency services says there are no reports of any damage or injuries. No problems with utilities are reported.

"It may have felt like a truck passing by, things were rattling on their shelves," says Jessica Sigala, a geophysicist with USGS.

Sigala tells Federal News Radio says the bedrock is different in the eastern U.S. She says when an earthquake shakes on the East Coast, you feel it for a greater distance than you do on the West Coast.

"When something shakes, it goes everywhere," she says.

"I have heard from some people that they have felt aftershocks."

The quake occurred 3 miles beneath the surface, she says.

Preliminary reports from USGS said it was a 3.7.

Baldwin say the area's last earthquake was 2.0 in 2008. The region also had a 2.7 quake in 1993.

The calls started rolling in right after 5:04 a.m.

WTOP listeners have called in from Falls Church, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Poolesville, Boonsboro, West Springfield, Beltsville and Gaithersburg. WTOP also received calls from as far away as West Virginia.

"I was pretty scared. I got rattled out of bed. I thought it might be a transformer, but it shook the whole building," Dave Garcia of Gaithersburg tells WTOP.

Some say it felt like underground blasting or a truck hitting a building..


(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

I was taking my usual morning dump and felt the vibrations for 10 seconds or so, thought it was the Taco Bell from last night, but I guess not. Glad there was no damage reported.

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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

I slept through it, although I was probably too far away to feel it anyway.
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did they evac the president or is he in Maine already?
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[McHawkson]You guys are a bunch of pussies![/McHawkson]
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News to me. Didn't feel anything.
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didn't feel it
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

"I was pretty scared. I got rattled out of bed. I thought it might be a transformer, but it shook the whole building," Dave Garcia of Gaithersburg tells WTOP."


Optimus Prime isnt real.
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

Slept right through it
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Didn't feel it here.
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

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We sleep through earthquakes, and we're pussies?
Old 07-16-10, 11:07 AM
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

I slept through it, no surprise there

My wife was awake and she said it scared the crap out of her.

I am actually sorry I missed it
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

3.6? You would feel more shaking from a truck driving by.

I'm from earthquake country. If it's not at least 5.5, it's not worth talking about.
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^ Word. I've ripped farts that would measure with greater intensity.
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

It woke my dogs up. I live in the flight path of some planes going into BWI, so I thought it was just a low-flying jet. More noise than shaking.
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3.6? How is this even news....?
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

3.6? DC is gone right? a pile of ruins?
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a pile of ruins?
The White House is. Oh wait, just the administration.
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3.6? How is this even news....?
uh, the location?
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uh, the location?

It was a rhetorical question.

Still 3.6.....
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

Moving to Pansy Forum....

I don't care if it's in DC or on east coast - 3.6 is fucking small and I don't care if it's solid underground but it's still a pussy earthquake!
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bahahaha!
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Real slow news morning here in DC, nothing was felt by anyone I know or work with
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Re: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes D.C. Area

I was in the middle of putting the final touches on my boat in a bottle when I felt the quake. I ended up on the floor (naked, somehow) with the bottle/boat smashed underneath me.

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