My First Earthquake

August 24, 2011 · 30 comments

Since I have lived almost all of my life on the East Coast (save for my three years growing up in England), my Facebook was completely alight with status updates regarding our earthquake.


Since I’m a Virginia resident, all my friends and family members were completely blowing up my phone as I’m frantically trying to write press releases to the media for work.

My sister’s Facebook status? “So thankful my wine bottles are okay!!!”

And people wonder where I get it from.

And know what’s really cool? We were on the news.. and so was our seismograph showing the earthquake.

(straight lines – normal; squiggly lines = earthquake)

What was I doing? I was sitting at my desk wide-eyed watching my door swing back and forth, wondering if I was going nuts.

So, there you have it.. the really unexciting story of the first time I felt tectonic plates collide. Or slide across each other. Whatever.. obviously, I didn’t pay attention much in Honors Earth Science.

‘Cause the only time we generally feel the earth move in Virginia is when we hit the dance flo’. πŸ˜‰ Right, Jaim?

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1 Emmarie @ Bananas And Beer August 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’m in Buffalo, NY and there were people claiming to have felt it here. And they were kinda freaking out about it. I didn’t feel a thing. But glad that ya’ll in VA are OK!
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2 Jamie@cupcakedynamite August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

BAHAHHA SOOO RIGHT. I just giggled. I have to gym early on account of dinner πŸ™ but I’ll be over tonight! WOOHOO! πŸ˜€ xo
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3 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries August 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I was in the car when it happened. Driving = immunity to earthquakes. Who woulda thunk it? My mom (who was out of town) called and was like “Did you feel it?!?” (NOT “are you okay, my sweet darling?) And I had no earthly idea what she was talking about. Then she told me. Then I got on Facebook. I’m kind of bummed I missed out!
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4 Girl in the pink August 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Eek earthquakes freak me out- glad you’re okay and your sisters wine bottles made it!

We had a small one in the bay area last night – 3.9 I think.
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5 sara @ the foodie diaries August 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

When my best friend told me she had just had an earthquake in Maryland, I was like HAHA funny. And then I Googled it. That’s so crazy! I’m glad you’re alright though πŸ™‚

P.S. you weren’t the only one not paying attention when it came to plate tectonics. See ya Dynamic Earth the dance floor was callin my name! πŸ˜‰
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6 Kelly @ Not So Rocky Road August 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I like your sister’s priorities πŸ™‚ We felt the shake in NC, kind of freaky!
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7 Lauren August 24, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Bahaha! I would be most concerned about my wine as well.
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8 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission August 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

If the wine would have fallen then it would definitely be a sign of the end of the world.
So thankful πŸ™‚
And I’m also thankful that the earthquake was so small that we can all make fun of ourselves for tweeting incessantly about it.
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9 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I’m in Boston and my co-worker goes…Did the ground just shake? I thought, you crazy, girl! Little did I know what actually happened…
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10 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats August 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I love that your sister was so concerned about her wine bottles! That’s too funny. Glad you’re safe!!
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11 Kimberly August 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I love someecards and that one is hilarious….I was down the shore in NJ in Atlantic City and felt the sand shaking…at first I thought I was passing out, as I felt like my head was rocking back and forth. Then my family and I all agreed it was due to the man digging a hole for our umbrella. Clearly we are not smart…thought the man had the strength of Thor and was shaking the earth!

Just found your blog today, I love it!
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12 Rach August 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Haha! Well I’m glad you are okay! πŸ™‚
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13 Kace August 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Not to be all teacher nerd but*…… haha.

On the east coast we are smack in the middle of the North American plate. There aren’t any fault lines near us, so no colliding or pulling apart. It was more akin (am I using that right?) to if you held up a dinner plate and lightly swayed it back and forth, up and down.

The hand gestures I’m doing right now would be much more helpful than my actual descrption.

Also could have possibly been fracture lines from millions of years ago when the plate was more active, and the pressure builds up in these fractures sometimes and thats what caused the shakes.

While it was no where near as powerful at the epicenter as and earthquake on a fault line would be, since it happened in the middle of a plate it was much more far reaching (aka…North Carolina to Canada!)

And that’s your geology lesson for the day!
*this information may or may not be correct. It is what I am piecing together from what I remember of the 5 oclock news yesterday…post earthquake margarita party.
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14 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I live in the Midwest, but I was at work when it happened and my Twitter messages were going crazy! I was trying to check the trends for articles I needed to write, but the updates were distracting (and entertaining, I must say).
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15 Allison @ Happy Tales August 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

It’s okay if you don’t understand tha movin’ and groovin’ of the tectonic plates. I got yo back. I was Earth Science Student of the Year (freshman yr of HS). Ohhhh yeah, baby.


16 Katie August 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

Haha, that little cartoon is hilarious . We had one in Colorado too (same day!) and it’s been non-stop talked about as well. I didn’t even feel it.
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17 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health August 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

So crazy! Apparently people felt it here in Columbus, OH? I think they just wish they did and were drunk haha. Glad you are okay πŸ™‚
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18 Allison @ PickyEatingRD August 25, 2011 at 2:08 am

I still can’t believe there was an earthquake on the east coast. That is insane. I am so glad you are ok! It would be a shame if Jesse Mc. never got to meet his future wifey πŸ˜‰
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19 Liz @ iheartvegtables August 25, 2011 at 3:07 am

Dude! I didn’t know you lived in VA! I live in Richmond πŸ™‚ I’d never been in an earthquake either! I’ve only lived on the east coast for a little over a year, though. And now apparently we’re getting massive storms this weekend. Crazy!


20 Baking Serendipity August 25, 2011 at 3:12 am

So crazy! I live on the west coast now, but grew up on the east coast and all my old friends filled up my Facebook page with earthquake comments…it was crazy!
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21 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry August 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I can’t believe we felt that puppy in Toronto…it must have been intense over there!
That Someecard killed me.
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22 Lizzie August 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

We didn’t feel the earthquake in wisconsin, but our NC friends told us about it!!
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23 Natalie @ Well Punctuated Wife August 26, 2011 at 3:54 am

I’m in Newport News and this has been one wacky week. My husband and I are from Florida, so we’re putting our hurricane trash talking to the test and staying put. Be safe!


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