Earthquake in Charlottesville – 23 August 2011

Alright, how many of you did what you were supposed to do in an earthquake?

Us? We went to the half bathroom and tweeted about the earthquake.

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program states that we just experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

2:38 pm: Via Twitter: 911 service in Charlottesville and Alb Co is down if you have an emergency call 977-9041

– Largest earthquake in Virginia since 1897.
Lake Anna Reactor Ranked 7th most At-Risk for Earthquake Damage
See the measurement of the earthquake – very cool. (found on Twitter)
The HooK has updates.
cvillenews puts this earthquake in historical perspective.


1 – Twitter was BY FAR the best way to learn about the earthquake.
2 – Learning from previous experience, I remembered that texting is a better option than calling.
3 – Thanks, Comcast and Dominion Power and Verizon. I never lost cable, internet, power or cell phone service.
4 – Google Voice was mighty handy for texting as Verizon texts were delayed.
5 – I’ve always known we were due for an earthquake, but hadn’t felt one that big before.
6 – Where were you?
7 – is fielding calls.
8 – xcxd has a brilliant Twitter -vs- earthquake comic.
9 – Storify is freaking brilliant for this type of story.
10 – Did you feel the earthquake?

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  1. barbara August 23, 2011 at 18:33

    that was some scary shit ……

    1. Jim Duncan August 23, 2011 at 19:01

      Kinda fun once we ascertained what was going on! 

  2. Victoria Lee August 23, 2011 at 18:34

    I went to the basement — WRONG!  How come my new NOAA radio only told me how lovely the weather in C’ville is?

    1. Jim Duncan August 23, 2011 at 19:00

      Ha. What’s it saying now? :) 

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