08/23/11 174 W - + 5 - 3 All Shook Up

They say the Triangle experienced an earthquake early this afternoon. Mr. Blogger blissfully missed any rumbling or shaking from his second-story office in Cary. Guess his mind was elsewhere. Everyone else on his floor spilled into the hallway, exclaiming how the earth moved under their feet. The cause of the 1:51 p.m. shaker was a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered near Mineral, VA. That's some 40 miles northeast of Richmond. Shocks were felt up and down the east coast, and as far inland as Ohio. It was no laughing matter in the nation's Capitol, where buildings were evacuated and some parts of structures collapsed. Locally, WRAL asked eastern North Carolina residents to refrain from calling 911 to report the earthquake. The Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center tweeted a similiar message: "Only call 9-1-1 for an emergency. Only call if you have a fire, injury, or damage from the earthquake." (And to think we were worried about a hurricane just this morning. Oh wait, we still are.) Readers, what happened where you were?

This was my first quake! I was in the 9-1-1 center when it happened. The phone volume immediately blew up! I haven’t taken that many calls in such a short period of time since Hurricane Fran. The funny thing was that nobody had an emergency; they just wanted to report an earthquake! What protocol card is that?!!!
John W. Franks (Email) (Web Site) - 08/23/11 - 18:41

This was second, the first being a middle-of-the-night shaker in Los Angeles, many moons ago. I observed that Facebook exploded, minutes after the quake today. EVERYONE posted something about it in their status.
Legeros - 08/23/11 - 18:43

For a few minutes following the tremors, cell and internet use capability were VERY inhibited! I guess we were all burning up the bandwidth on FB!
A.C. Rich - 08/23/11 - 18:52

...and then I felt compelled to buy bead and milk… I couldn’t understand.
A.C. Rich - 08/23/11 - 19:13

After living in Los Angeles for 5+ years, this was a baby quake for me. However, that didn’t stop me from rushing to stand underneath a sturdy door frame. :-)
Mrs. Blogger - 08/23/11 - 20:05

I was on a phonecall assisting one of our photographers in GA when I felt a little shake…my first thought was: “my company is based in Durham…probably just someone getting blown up on I85 or Durham Freeway”....then I started to receive the tweets and FB messages…Best FB status has to go to Wake EMS Asst Chief J. Olson…I don’t wanna steal his thunder so I will let him post here what had me laughing out loud at work if he wants…
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 08/23/11 - 21:12

Nothing like the one at Presidio Monterrey in Spring 1990. Barracks shook and we decided to stay outside that night. Tornadoes, hurricane, and earthquake in six months. What next?
DJ - 08/23/11 - 22:20

What next? The volcano erupting, throwing lava over everything in sight! Then the price of foodstuff skyrocketing! There will be nothing for the Scarlet Pumpernickel to do, but blow his brains out…
Legeros - 08/23/11 - 22:28

After Mike’s post I could not help posting this classic movie exchange:

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 08/23/11 - 22:32

@ Marshall – “That would be bad.”

I just don’t get why people would think it prudent to call 911 to report an earthquake or any natural disaster. Call 911 when there is a RESULT of an earthquake or natural disaster (besides your coffee or 40oz. spilling).
Duda (Email) - 08/24/11 - 10:27

Im in Virginia only about 30 min from Mineral and it shook us a little bit. Nobody was hurt just some glasses falling in the school bookstore and food tossed in the dining hall. Nothing all that bad.
Watters - 08/24/11 - 10:55

was at the pool with the kids and kept looking around for the kid shaking my freaking chair. never found them
AB - 08/24/11 - 15:26

Twitter factoid from the Raleigh-Wake ECC: They received 602 phone calls from 12:00-15:00 [yesterday], compared to 389 the previous day for the same time period.
Legeros - 08/24/11 - 18:32

almost 400 emergency calls in 3 hrs for a "normal" day. Way too many. Add 200 more, and that gives you about 400(+) idiots that shouldn’t be allowed to use a phone.
lee - 08/25/11 - 01:17

That stat is a little misleading; we took 210 calls the first 20 minutes! So almost all those calls came in right after the quake. Interesting to note is that we only had 1 dispatch (that I know of) related to the earthquake. We dispatched RFD and RPD to assist with evacuating the Archdale Building.

On a personal note, I have to admit that I haven’t answered that many 9-1-1 calls in rapid succession since Hurricane Fran.
John W. Franks (Email) (Web Site) - 08/25/11 - 10:37

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