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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Colorado-New Mexico border shaking

They've had series of earthquakes down there overnight, including a 5.3 -- the strongest quake in Colorado in nearly 40 years.

Closer to home, there was a 2.0 near the "spring break quake" site, Scotts Mills, on Sunday night. Pure speculation on our part, but that could mean that something seismic will happen over toward McMinnville in the next day or so.

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Lets not forget the volcano (hot water vents) burping West of here. I'm sure our burning fossil fuel is the cause.

Jack, you're right about that seismic something in the next day or so. Or the next century or so. That's the absolute joy, and I'm not being sarcastic in the slightest, about watching the North American Plate crumple like a sheet of paper. What's now Denver used to be Jurassic floodplains, and it'll keep crunching until either the Pacific basin plates run out or the mechanism that produces plate tectonics suddenly goes in a different direction. (I like to note that Cascadia used to be part of Baja California, and every quake and jolt is a sign that it's continuing to move northeast.)

Sizable quake (USGS 6.0) centered in central VA today. Reports of the evacuation of DC buildings, including the Capitol. NYC seems to have felt it, and even Martha's Vineyard.

All stability is at best temporary.

Another DC resident checking in! Yes, we felt it here in the lovely suburb of Herndon, VA. Lasted for at least five seconds and felt like the foundation turned to water under our feet.

Jack, The Cape May, NJ area was just hit several minutes ago. My land line service is out. And my wifes fine china is now history.
Waiting now for the Big One to hit.

"In New York, the 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. Court officers weren't letting people back in."


"Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in the same county as the epicenter were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Dominion-operated power plant is being run off of four emergency diesel generators, which are supplying power for critical safety equipment. Hannah said the agency was not immediately aware of any damage at nuclear power plants in the Southeast."

At last report, Indian Point, north of NYC, experienced no interruption.

Ohmigod, you predicted this. I'd better stop reading the blog. I was 8th floor in a building over a low lying area, once a swamp, shook for a long 30 to 45 seconds. Being in DC, first reaction is some kind of explosion (but Congress is home and POTUS on the links as any terrorist would know), until the shaking goes on and on signaling earthquake. New Madrid flashes in the mind until peacefully it comes to an end.

The end is nigh.

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