What Are Your Memories of the 2011 Virginia Earthquake?

One year ago Thursday, the East Coast was shaken by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

One year ago Thursday, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., shook the East Coast just before 2 p.m. 

It was the largest quake to hit the eastern seaboard since 1944, and thousands of homes, businesses and churches received damage.

In Alexandria, things , , and was briefly halted.

received some damage, mostly to the chimneys of a section dating back to 1792. The brickwork at City Hall also suffered in the quake and some chimneys on Old Town homes fell.

Cell phone service went down for several hours, adding to the confusion. Quickly, however, the city and region got back to its routine.

What are your memories of the earthquake? Where were you? What did you think was happening? Share your stories in the comments!

Kim Moore August 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The windows in my office building creaked and then the floor under my desk moved. Cell service was overloaded. I stood next to a delivery truck on I Street listening to their radio, waiting to see if we would permitted back into our building. Metro was overwhelmed. My husband picked up the kids from Campagna, and I eventually got home. I still get a little weirded-out when my office windows creak from the wind. Major kudos to the staff at MVCS for keeping the kids safe! What a day that was.
McBrinn August 23, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I was seated on the office John for my post-lunch consitutional. I thought the mexican food we'd had was bad.
Scooby's Doo August 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The drop-ceiling tiles on my office floor were shaking, and my first thought was "why are heavy people running down the hall upstairs?". It was all over by the time I thought about climbing under a desk. The only "damage" at my house was a propped picture frame that fell off a ledge, but no broken glass since it fell directly into a pile of dirty laundry.
Pete August 24, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I worked from home that day, in the heart of Del Ray. On a conference call with one coworker at his home in Fairfax County and several others in our Tampa office. My headset on, sitting on the edge of the sofa, feet flat on the slab floor of our great room, the first thing I felt was the sofa cushion gently hitting my back. Then ripples under my feet--first very light and then serious. My Fairfax coworker, a young guy from India, shouted on the phone, "PETE! WHAT IS THIS?", and I think I replied "WE'RE HAVING AN EARTHQUAKE!" The Tampa guys laughed and suggested we were just trying to end the call. I jumped up and stumbled toward the sliding door, whose frame I saw moving left/right/left/right. Our two cats on the porch ran into the house, and I ran out. Trees were swaying and power lines bouncing and the rumble was amazing. And then it was done. I never lost contact with the others on the call, except my frightened Fairfax friend who had run out of his high-rise apartment building. I believe I did a play by play for my coworkers on the call. Pretty cool.
SD August 27, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I was at work in Arlington, VA on the 4th floor of a 16 story building. All of a sudden my cubicle walls started shaking like crazy and I could heard a strange pounding like a very large man running fast down the hall. It only last a few seconds but that was enough to freak everyone out. My manager told everyone to go home. Luckily our house did not sustain any damage (off route 1 in alexandria/fairfax county).


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