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Earthquake in Mineral, VA [Aug. 23rd, 2011|03:45 pm]
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I just got home from EDS/HP headquarters, where the building shook for several seconds but showed no sign of damage. I'm home now, there's no sign of visible damage in my area, and so far, I see no damage in my house other than stuffed hedgehogs and penguins knocked on the floor. USGS now says the quake was about 5.9 in magnitude, and was felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Boston and even Toronto. I'm now hearing reports of damage to a garage at National Harbor (that's all kinda new, which implies something about recent building standards), and a partial roof collapse at a Best Buy.

Government buildings in DC have been evacuated, the Capitol and monuments are closed, and the roads are now jammed.

If the Christian Reich loons want to make this about "God's judgement" of something or other, just remember the quake was centered in a red area of a state governed by a Christian Reich coalition. If their God actually wanted to punish those evil East Coast atheists, then his aim is just as shitty as it was back in 2005.

[User Picture]From: motherwell
2011-08-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much it. We haven't seen such horrific destruction since...the last big thunderstorm. Spangle the Penguin ended up halfway across the living-room floor, and some hedgehogs were knocked off the top of the armoire; but that was about it. I got worse damage from a power spike sometime Thursday that knocked out my PC, the cable modem, and the printer -- all three of which may need to be replaced.
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2011-08-26 02:15 pm (UTC)

I hope Spangle didn’t get any sparkles dented and that the prickles of all the hedgehogs were unbent. There’s nothing worse than a bent prickle!

They should be okay during the hurricane as hedgehogs are good swimmers. We sometimes give hedgehogs rehab in water to get them to move injured limbs again.
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[User Picture]From: phoenix_glow
2011-08-24 12:33 pm (UTC)
I think everyone's reaction to the Big Quake of 2011 was worse than the actual quake! It took Chris forever to get home on the MARC last night. But of course you want people to make sure nothing knocked out of whack.

And Yes, obviously God hates Virginia. Sad.
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[User Picture]From: motherwell
2011-08-24 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, but it was a sensible overreaction: get outside, then be sure no structural damage was done before going back inside (to fetch one's laptop before going home to look for damage, of course). Just this once, I'm glad I didn't have to take the Metro home: that's underground, so they really do have to look out for things like track damage and cave-ins. Wouldn't want to get up to full speed from Foggy Bottom to Rosslyn only to find the tunnel flooded, would we?
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