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A Real Earthquake on the East Coast

August 23, 2011 14:07:02.597

Wow - we just had an actual earthquake here in Maryland - house shook, startling us all. According to the USGS, it was a 5.8, centered in Virginia

It was noticeable here - a few things fell, and the whole house vibrated - I felt it on my concrete steps leaving the house during it. Short - only lasted something like 30 seconds, but very startling for this part of the country. I see tweets saying it was felt as far north as Toronto, so I hope it's not a precursor to the New Madrid fault waking up...

Update: This was pretty big news - front page of Drudge right now. USA Today has an update stream.

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posted by James Robertson

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