|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
QUAKE SAFETY FROM GEOLOGY.COM:
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