Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Biggest Earthquake Since 1730s Hits Washington DC Area

Our clock stopped at the exact time of our 5.9 mag quake!

Today, Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in Maryland we experienced a magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 1:51pm EDT.
According to the US Geological Survey, the temblor occurred at 1:51pm EDT (17:51 UTC).  The epicenter has been placed at 4 miles south of Mineral, Virginia, 39 miles from Richmond; 83 miles southwest of Washington DC and at a shallow depth of less than 1 mile.
Quake was felt across the region from NC to MA and west to Ohio, and southwest to Alabama.
  Aftershocks are possible in the next 36 hours*
MORE INFORMATION FROM USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/us/c0005ild/us/index.html

If you are indoors, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The goal is to protect yourself from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room. Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or fireplaces.
If you are cooking, turn off the stove and take cover.
If you are outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you. Move away from buildings, powerlines and trees.
If you are driving, slow down smoothly and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next