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MWolfe1963
08-23-2011, 08:58 PM
You feel the earthquake. I did just a tad, but not like more north, very strange.

Course, here comes a hurricane, hopefully it will pass NC and the entire east coast.

WernherVonTrapp
08-23-2011, 11:09 PM
Actually, I didn't even notice it, though I was asleep for much of the day; wife said nothing about it though.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-confused005.gif

LouLewis1967
08-24-2011, 06:38 AM
It shook my office building pretty good in DC. It's funny, I've never been in one but it only took about 10 seconds to realize what it was, as unbelievable as it would have been just 10 minutes earlier. Definitely one of those "Is this really happening?" type of moments.

First thought "Are they emptying a dumpster in the alley". Then a little more shaking.

"Wonder if there's some construction going on in the building or a truck hit the loading dock" Then some more shaking and creaking.

"Earthquake? DC doesn't have earthquakes, we have terrorists". Then there were two or three quick back and forth jolts.

"Nope, this is an earthquake". That's the moment everybody simultaneously got up and poked their heads out of their offices and we grabbed stuff and headed for the stairs.

WernherVonTrapp
08-24-2011, 11:33 AM
Yeah, I don't know where my wife was while I was off in nah-nah land but, I had to run out to some local businesses today and everybody is asking me if I felt the earthquake. Darn, I'd probably sleep through the sun going supernova.
I don't get good sleep too often, but when I do, like I did yesterday, I'm out for the duration. You could toss a hand grenade under my bunk and I still wouldn't waken.
Went to a local dentist and all the assistants were going on about how their cabinets were shaking and the furniture was rumbling on the floor. All I heard was Zzzzzzzzzz. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sleepzzz.gif

paulhager
08-24-2011, 04:53 PM
As it happens, I was at the Dahlgren NSWC, just wrapping up a meeting. Since there was either gunnery or some other ordnance testing going on, I initially assumed it was a larger explosive being detonated. It was only when the distinctive shaking started that I recognized it was an earthquake. It terminated the meeting. In fact, most of the base operations shut down. Since we'd concluded our business, those of us who had traveled there returned to our hotels. I got back home an hour or so ago.

My guess was that it was a 4 to a 4.5 because that's what it felt like where I was. The most intense shaking only lasted about 5 seconds. I think DC was about as far away from the epicenter as Dahlgren. If DC suffered more damage it might be due to the fact that DC is built on a swamp.

andypandy1996
08-24-2011, 04:57 PM
yea it was about a 5 on the Richter scale. I didn't feel a thing here in Hamilton but they say it was felt as far up a North Bay and Sudbury. Felt the one last year though but not this one. sad to say... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

MWolfe1963
08-24-2011, 07:14 PM
Looks like the hurricane is gonna be a problem. I live central NC, so prolly just a lot of rain and wind, but she's headed north and I bet big damage. News said your ground is already soaked there.

andypandy1996
08-24-2011, 07:17 PM
yea we got a big doozie of a storm blowing in as I type... tornado's, hail... the whole nine yards and it'll be bad... real bad... wish me luck with it.

fireftr18
08-24-2011, 08:15 PM
Apparently, we felt the earthquake in KY. I and my co-workers didn't feel it either and I didn't know until I saw it on the news this morning. We knew about the quake on the coast.

LouLewis1967
08-25-2011, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by paulhager:
As it happens, I was at the Dahlgren NSWC, just wrapping up a meeting. Since there was either gunnery or some other ordnance testing going on, I initially assumed it was a larger explosive being detonated. It was only when the distinctive shaking started that I recognized it was an earthquake. It terminated the meeting. In fact, most of the base operations shut down. Since we'd concluded our business, those of us who had traveled there returned to our hotels. I got back home an hour or so ago.

My guess was that it was a 4 to a 4.5 because that's what it felt like where I was. The most intense shaking only lasted about 5 seconds. I think DC was about as far away from the epicenter as Dahlgren. If DC suffered more damage it might be due to the fact that DC is built on a swamp.

A small portion of DC is "built on a swamp". Mostly around the National Mall (Constitution
Avenue used to be an open trench/sewer in the early days of the city).

On the other hand, there is bedrock mere feet below the surface in areas inside the Beltway, such as at one of my current job construction sites. The National Cathedral suffered the loss of some stone spires from the main tower, and it is built on one of the highest hills in the city, well above any former swamp land.

paulhager
08-25-2011, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by LouLewis1967:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by paulhager:
As it happens, I was at the Dahlgren NSWC, just wrapping up a meeting. Since there was either gunnery or some other ordnance testing going on, I initially assumed it was a larger explosive being detonated. It was only when the distinctive shaking started that I recognized it was an earthquake. It terminated the meeting. In fact, most of the base operations shut down. Since we'd concluded our business, those of us who had traveled there returned to our hotels. I got back home an hour or so ago.

My guess was that it was a 4 to a 4.5 because that's what it felt like where I was. The most intense shaking only lasted about 5 seconds. I think DC was about as far away from the epicenter as Dahlgren. If DC suffered more damage it might be due to the fact that DC is built on a swamp.

A small portion of DC is "built on a swamp". Mostly around the National Mall (Constitution
Avenue used to be an open trench/sewer in the early days of the city).

On the other hand, there is bedrock mere feet below the surface in areas inside the Beltway, such as at one of my current job construction sites. The National Cathedral suffered the loss of some stone spires from the main tower, and it is built on one of the highest hills in the city, well above any former swamp land. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good points. One thing DC is not is earthquake hardened. Japan is probably the most prepared for an earthquake of any country on Earth. Likewise, California's buildings are designed to damp quake-induced oscillations that can bring a building down.

An area that almost never gets quakes and, even then, they are relatively mild, isn't going to establish building codes to deal with 8 or 9 on the Richter scale.

Wolferz
08-26-2011, 06:00 PM
The earthquake shook Irene loose and she's heading north to dance a two-step on a great many people. Even here in the Poconos. Current forecast puts the eye crossing over the western end of Long Island on Sunday... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif
Hurricane tracker (http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker)

Batten down the hatches, put away all loose lawn furniture and other items outdoors and get ready to play monopoly by candle light. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

I'm glad I have a new roof on the ol' homestead. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

cgkstealth
08-26-2011, 09:17 PM
Not expecting much of anything from Irene here in NW Ohio, but there are plenty of thoughts and prayers for you guys on or near the coast. Hate to be negative, but from what I've been hearing you might need it.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

WernherVonTrapp
08-27-2011, 05:06 AM
I have to work tonight 6pm to 6am. The storm (eye) is reportedly going to pass slightly east of us and cross L.I. NY at around 6am, about the time I'll be heading home. It'll be interesting. It certainly won't be the first hurricane I worked through. I worked during the height of hurricane Floyd in 1999. Now that was something; downed trees, power lines, intense flooding.

I remember watching a cast iron manhole cover floating atop a gush of water about 3 feet high coming out of a drainage manhole. The cover never fell off, but just hovered there atop the gushing water. Anyone who has ever lifted one of these (I used to work for a utility company) can appreciate the thought of one hovering like a wobbling UFO atop a pillar of water.

I also still remember when hurricanes Gloria and Hugo made their presence felt in 85 and 89. What kills me is all the survivalists at the gas pumps and food stores. They never cease to amaze me. From the time I started work last night at 6pm until well past 10pm, the lines at all the local stations were absolutely ridiculous. This hurricane will be gone tomorrow but you'd think these people were preparing for a Vision Quest or something. Where they going, the California Gold Rush? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
I stopped at a local store where I know the owner and looking at the gas station across the street, he told me the lines at the pumps had been that way since the station opened up at 6am this morning. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I see this happen every time a hurricane, blizzard, noreaster or other severe weather phenomenon is predicted.

I stopped at a large food store last night just to pick up something for my dinner and a single drink, but the place was cleaned out! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif The parking lot was full all night, though it never is any other time and the place was packed with people buying up all the bread, milk, water and, well, everything. They're all nuts! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif You'd think the world was coming to an end or an asteroid was about to slam into earth.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-confused005.gif Anyway, they buy everything for themselves and think nothing of anybody else. What a motley crew. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/stooges.gif

If people would band together to help one another with the same amount of enthusiam and zest during hard times, well, then there wouldn't be any hard times.
Then people wonder why cops become so cynical. I've spent almost 25 years watching this scene replay over and over again but, to no avail for improvement. Hmmmmmmm, wait a minute, am I raggin' again?http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-fc/tomato.gif

Oooooops, sorry.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-ashamed005.gif

Wolferz
08-27-2011, 07:47 AM
It's ok to rag on the idiots, Wern. I've seen it too when facing a blizzard in the midwest. People in grocery stores ready to kill for what they think they need. A sad testament to man's selfishness. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Let's give them all a free dinghy with their purchase and set them all offshore with nothing to bail out water with.

UssSpikefish
08-27-2011, 12:46 PM
All of the people up north are freaking out over this hurricane. I giggle at the fact that they love to make fun of us down south about our snow and how much WE freak out over it, and now they are ****ing their pants over what truly is a fairly weak, albeit large, hurricane.

I've lived through 25 years of NC hurricanes and have never once had to evacuate. Probably been a few my bull headed parents SHOULD have evacuated from (ie: tree through the room I was sleeping in..Hurricane Fran, 1996)..good luck north east!

WernherVonTrapp
08-27-2011, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by Wolferz:
Let's give them all a free dinghy with their purchase and set them all offshore with nothing to bail out water with. You forgot to mention the water soluble cork below the waterline. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Oh Oh, here comes trouble. Looks like the eye is updated to pass much, much closer than previously predicted. It's current track will place it just east of Manhattan. That's way too close to me. I guess it's going to be a long night. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif
I'll try to take some pictures if I can keep the camera dry.

fireftr18
08-27-2011, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by WernherVonTrapp:
I also still remember when hurricanes Gloria and Hugo made their presence felt in 85 and 89. What kills me is all the survivalists at the gas pumps and food stores. They never cease to amaze me. From the time I started work last night at 6pm until well past 10pm, the lines at all the local stations were absolutely ridiculous. This hurricane will be gone tomorrow but you'd think these people were preparing for a Vision Quest or something. Where they going, the California Gold Rush? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
I stopped at a local store where I know the owner and looking at the gas station across the street, he told me the lines at the pumps had been that way since the station opened up at 6am this morning. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

I see this happen every time a hurricane, blizzard, noreaster or other severe weather phenomenon is predicted.

I stopped at a large food store last night just to pick up something for my dinner and a single drink, but the place was cleaned out! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif The parking lot was full all night, though it never is any other time and the place was packed with people buying up all the bread, milk, water and, well, everything. They're all nuts! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif You'd think the world was coming to an end or an asteroid was about to slam into earth.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-confused005.gif Anyway, they buy everything for themselves and think nothing of anybody else. What a motley crew. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/stooges.gif

If people would band together to help one another with the same amount of enthusiam and zest during hard times, well, then there wouldn't be any hard times.
Then people wonder why cops become so cynical. I've spent almost 25 years watching this scene replay over and over again but, to no avail for improvement. Hmmmmmmm, wait a minute, am I raggin' again?http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-fc/tomato.gif

Oooooops, sorry.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-ashamed005.gif
Wernher, I feel your pain. I've gotten the same way. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gifBut alas, I've reached the stage where I'm not dealing with it now. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

swamprat69er
08-27-2011, 05:27 PM
My thoughts and prayers are for you people in the hurricanes' path.

cgkstealth
08-27-2011, 09:36 PM
I know what you mean Wernher, things like that started happening around here last winter when a larger than normal snowstorm was predicted to hit us. People started freaking out over a bit of snow..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif
Funny part was that after the storm hit the roads were almost totally clear in less than 24hrs and people could once again mosey on down to the stores just as before.
We never lost phone service or power either. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


If I've got everything figured out correctly you shouldn't be in the eye of it yet, but I can imagine you are getting it hit fairly well as I type. Hope all ends up ok.

WernherVonTrapp
08-30-2011, 12:43 PM
Well, basement's all pumped out (all 2" of water), water heater has been relit and most of the loacl roads are open again. All in all, it was a moderate hurricane, a bit less intense as Floyd, but a hurricane nonetheless. Still, it was no where near the "Storm of the Century" status label that some of the News stations attached to it. It'll probably be awhile before all the debris is moved from the sides of the roads, but that's not a big problem. Thanks for all your prayers, it seems they worked. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif