Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 3:01 pm ET
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Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast, AP, August 23, 2011:

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass […]

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington. […]

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking. […]

Published: August 23rd, 2011 at 3:01 pm ET
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45 comments to Quake rocks Washington DC area — 5.9-magnitude epicenter only 12 miles from Virginia nuke plant

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Hope it’s not a foreshock….

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Powerful enough to bust a water main in the Pentagon, apparently, maybe tilt the Wash monument. Hope those coolant pipes hold out at Anna…..

  • Darth

    It’s another despicable “Act of God”…

  • alasanon

    This is near me. That plant -North Anna- has a bad record of leaks, EPA violations, Fed. court injunctions, state negligence, even a glowing Lake Anna w/ radioactive fish, by folklore. (I’ve seen it, too!-yikes)

    It was a strange, unexpected, but pretty strong quake. Things fell down from the walls. But, everything seems OK now–no loss of power. Another odd, but phenomenally pretty day here…

    My first thought was… NORTH ANNA!!!
    It’s a time bomb as it is.
    http://energy.aol.com/2011/08/23/north-anna-nuke-plant-trips-offline-in-earthquake/

    • theypoisonus

      Great !! and in a couple of days or so there is a ‘hisicane’ coming that way !!

      I’m dam close to 65 and never heard of a quake in DC before!

      1/2 the weather stuff recently are under that catagory.

      I’m not gonna say HAARP
      I’m not gonna say HAARP
      I’m not gonna say HAARP

      LOL

      • Nukeholio

        Over time, queakes could happen anywhere. Just there is a much higher statistical chance they will occur at subduction zones, like in Japan and the Pacific Rim in general.

  • martinium

    I felt it all the way here in NJ. We all left the office until the coast was clear! I also hope its not a foreshock to something much bigger.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I was in an enclose porch and the skylights started rattling, cracking. It didn’t last long but it was rather bizarre as I live in central PA. Mother Nature is really upset. Gee, I wonder why.

      • Sure hope your skylights don’t start to leaking !

        • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

          @xdrfox:

          As an architect who designed our headquarters where I used to work always said:

          “Skylights always leak! Fountains never work!”

          :>)

          • moonshellblue moonshellblue

            Yep they leaked prior to this shake. rattle and roll and they were here when we bought the house if they had been inside we probably would not have purchased as my husband agrees with you concerning skylights. But hey, no worries compared to the horror and unseen nightmare Japan must deal with every single day, this is nothing.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    ….we need to check out the MSM..and how the various agencies work the story…..

  • norbu norbu

    I hope this not a warm up to New Madrid fualt movement. Be ready could be soon. Colorado very active yesterday. Both sides of the fault {new madrid} is moving. Be ready to evacuate. Peace to all. Thank you ENE NEWS.

    • theypoisonus

      Believe it or not, the New Madrid goes down into the Gulf.. that could have something to do with the new leak in the GOM?

      just thinking folks, not saying anything.. PURELY THEORY.. 🙂

  • Wreedman

    It’s technological warfare like the HAARP machine. With this they can create earthquakes and wetterchanges, JAPAN strikes back? They where the first victum of HAARP? Google HAARP

    • Nukeholio

      Haarp is a ghost story made up to scare the unknowlegable.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Have you heard of Stanford University in California?

        Experiments with the HAARP Ionospheric Heater
        http://vlf.stanford.edu/research/experiments-haarp-ionospheric-heater

        HAARP Weather Modification Radar Signature Over Northern California. ELF, HF, DOPE, DARN Radar Systems Explained …
        http://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/haarp-weather-modification-radar-signature-over-northern-california-elf-hf-dope-darn-radar-systems-explained/

        BREAKING NEWS HAARP hidden web site PROOF !!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxd2tFkrG08

        Ultra Low Power: ELF/VLF Receiver Project
        http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20011126121911/http://www-star.stanford.edu/

        Same thesis, another link:
        http://vlf.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Sarah%20Thesis.pdf

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        HAARP Video Documentary
        CBC of Canada’s revealing video documentary on HAARP. For part two click here

        http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/haarp_video_documentary
        For part two (the final part) of CBC’s revealing video documentary on HAARP click here

        For more information on the HAARP program with links to reliable sources, click here

        For lots more reliable information and a call to work together for positive change, click here

        Presented by the PEERS network of transformational websites at http://www.peerservice.org

      • Darth

        @Nuke…

        HAARP is a ghost story made up to scare the unknowlegable.

        That’s one way to put it.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Link between HAARP earth-penetrating tomography technology and earthquakes.
        http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1610
        Haarp Tomography Induced Seismicity
        http://wn.com/HAARP_Tomography_Induced_Seismicity
        The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an investigation project jointly funded by the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the University of Alaska and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

        The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is a congressionally initiated program jointly managed by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The United States Congressional records show that HAARP is funded by the US government. The U.S. Senate set aside $15 million dollars in 1996 (Clinton administration) to develop the ability to penetrate the earth with signals bounced off of the ionosphere. This earth-penetrating-tomography has since been developed and used by the US government to look inside the planet to a depth of many kilometers in order to locate underground munitions, minerals and tunnels. The problem is that the frequencies used by HAARP for earth-penetrating tomography is also within the frequency range most cited for disruption of earth’s own electromagnetic field.

        HAARP patents states that HAARP can beam radio energy into the Auroral electrojet, the curved, charged-particle stream formed at high latitudes where the solar wind interacts with Earth’s magnetic field. The radio energy then disperses over large areas through ductlike regions of the ionosphere, forming a virtual antenna that can be thousands of miles in length.

        Such an ELF antenna can emit waves penetrating as deeply as several kilometers into the ground, depending on the geological makeup and subsurface water conditions in a targeted area. HAARP uses ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to beam pulses of polarized high-frequency radio waves into the ionosphere. These pulses can be finely tuned and adjusted so that the bounced ground penetrating beam can target a very specific area and for a specific length of time. Beaming a very large energy beam into the ground for an extended period can cause an earthquake. After all, an earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic wave resonances. The same array of antennas that are used by HAARP for ground penetrating tomography can also be used to penetrate deep into the ground and cause an earthquake anywhere around the World.

        Geophysical events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – the kinds of things that may already be on the edge of discharge – can, with the right resonant energies added into the system, cause them to overload and actually fracture. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen actually made the statement regarding weapons of mass destruction and the idea of generating earthquakes artificially. In a April 28, 1997 DoD News Briefing at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy at the Georgia Center, Mahler Auditorium, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Cohen stated: “Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.”

        United States Patent 5041834 – Artificial ionospheric mirror composed of a plasma layer which can be tilted.
        http://wikimapia.org/57526/HAARP
        Are We in a HAARP “Earthquake War”?
        http://beforeitsnews.com/story/20/951/Are_We_in_a_HAARP_Earthquake_War.html
        PatrioticSpace: A Discussion On HAARP, Induced Seismic Activities & More
        http://chemtrailsnorthnz.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/patrioticspace-part-1-of-a-discussion-on-haarp-induced-seismic-activities-more/

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        This is published by LaRouche Political Action committee
        http://www.larouchepac.com/node/18298
        It just predicts earthquakes and disaster response. It doesn’t talk about causes. I’m not postulating the cause of the earthquake in Virginia. I’m just answering your assertion that HAARP is for the unscientific. On the contrary, it is very scientific.

        The real point here is that nuclear power plants are unsafe especially when they are over 20 to 30 years old, and when built on a fault. The Lake Anna plant was only purported to be built to sustain a 6.9 earthquake. 40 years later is it even more prone to suffer earthquake damage.

        The other point is that is never should be allowed to operate when anyone lives closer than 50 miles from the plant.

        HAARP is not a ghost story.

  • Net

    Is it great luck or planning that the Obama’s are out of the area or out of the country during bad weather, earthquakes, fall out etc…??? They have been to South America, South Africa, Martha’s Vindyard, Ireland…etc.. Lucky folks get all the breaks.

    • 1984

      net,
      you remember the movie Out of Africa i’m sure.
      get ready for a new release on 11/11/2011 called Out of D.C. starring barack, his b tch, and those just lovely daughters, and in a cameo appearence, Hillary (i don’t have elephantitis) Clinton as the limo driver. free preview at the New Madrid drive-in only starting 9/11/2011

  • The Calvert Cliffs Plant at Lusby, Maryland has 2 Combustion Engineering PWR units with ~800 MWe generators. Calvert Cliffs is the first US plant authorized for renewal of the operating license past 40 years.
    http://www.nucleartourist.com/us/calvert.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvert_Cliffs_Nuclear_Power_Plant

  • theypoisonus

    They opened a thread on this info.

    I was reading at RT and saw it and thought, HUH? a quake in DC ??

    I’m telling you, those poor schmucks lost their cell phone coverage for a bit, can’t you just see the ‘talking heads’ without their blackberries? LOL
    The visual of that is hilarious !!

  • theypoisonus

    LOL, no wonder I was confused. There are 3 different threads on this one subject !!

    I though this was the discussion board or I would not have posted that. 🙂

  • Nukeholio

    I would kind of LMAO if it leaks copious amounts of radiation and causes the government to have to leave DC, because Obama was saying how safe Nuclear Energy was.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Look here and scroll down to list…

    http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

    Colorado has had 10 earthquakes since 16 hours ago.

    Virginia has had 6 since 5 hours ago and it shows 4 in a row at least mag 5.8 in the same time frame.

    Japan shows none in last 16 hours…

    The sun just the had a major event a day or so ago…

    Hmm, When the sun shakes, the earth quakes?

  • jwfuki

    Another 4.2 near original epicenter.

  • jwfuki

    MAP 4.2 2011/08/24 00:04:37 37.912 -77.951 7.9 VIRGINIA

  • The quake was felt in 22 States !

    Virginia Earthquake is Felt in 22 States Plus Washington, DC …

    8 hours ago … As a result the Magnitude 5.9 earthquake that occurred today in Virginia was felt in at least 22 states plus the District of Colombia. …
    http://geology.com/news/2011/virginia-earthquake-is-felt-in-22-states-plus-washington-dc.shtml

  • 12 nuclear plants in the mid-Atlantic declared an “unusual event” and one declared an “alert”, According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD.

    Operations at the Exelon nuclear power plant in Peach Bottom, PA, were unaffected by Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake, a spokesman for the site told Patch. But personnel knew it happened.

    “Absolutely we felt it here at Peach Bottom,” said Dave Tillman, a spokesman at the plant. “We declared what’s called an unusual event. … That is a procedural declaration—the lowest of our four emergency [declarations].”

    The plant is about 20 miles north of Bel Air along the Susquehanna River. It services northern Harford and parts of Cecil County.

    Three other mid-Atlantic Exelon plants declared a similar emergency: Three Mile Island and Limerick, also in Pennsylvania, and Oyster Creek in New Jersey.

    According to the …

    http://berkeleyheights.patch.com/articles/nuclear-plants-felt-earthquake

  • Virginia Earthquake 2011: 4.2 Magnitude Aftershock Felt in Virginia, More Likely to Come

    Hours after the initial quake, an aftershock measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale struck the region of Mineral, Virginia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

    The 4.2 magnitude aftershock, which occurred around 8:04 p.m., was the third on Tuesday and had a depth of 4.9 miles and follows a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the same area earlier Tuesday.

    The first two aftershocks were measured to be less than one mile underground. Just 45 minutes after the initial quake, a magnitude 2.8 aftershock occurred around 2:45 p.m., about 45 miles south of Mineral. The second aftershock occurred around 3:20 p.m. with a magnitude of 2.2.

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that a …

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/202847/20110823/virginia-earthquake-2011-4-2-magnitude-aftershock-richter-scale-usgs.htm

  • US quake prompts review of nuclear plants

    24 August 2011 12:28:46 PM Source: AP
    Nuclear plants from North Carolina to Michigan are under increased scrutiny after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the US East Coast.
    Twelve nuclear plants declared an “unusual event”, the lowest level of emergency, after Tuesday’s earthquake, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
    Virginia’s North Anna Power Station, about 20km from the epicentre, issued an alert, the next highest emergency level.
    The quake was centred 65km northwest of Richmond. Two nuclear reactors at North Anna were automatically taken off line by safety systems.
    No damage was reported at the plant, which is being powered by emergency diesel generators.
    The quake was also felt at the Surry nuclear plant near Newport News, Virginia.
    Besides Surry, the other plants declaring an unusual event were the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland; Peach Bottom, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna and Limerick plants in Pennsylvania; Salem, Hope Creek and Oyster Creek in New Jersey, Shearon Harris in North Carolina; and D.C. Cook and Palisades in Michigan.
    All were placed under increased scrutiny but continued to operate. Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for …
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1581282/US-quake-prompts-review-of-nuclear-plants

  • Got to see this guy’s ! *PICS* No damage huh ! Who says ??
    Virginia earthquake stuns Northeast U.S. – strongest quake in 114 years
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/5-8-magnitude-virginia-earthquake-stuns-northeast-u-s-strongest-quake-in-114-years/