Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake Hits Roosevelt Island - Did You Feel It?

I was sitting in the outdoor patio of Starbucks this afternoon when I felt the ground shake for a few seconds - maybe 10. At first, I thought I was imagining it or maybe somehow feeling the subway below but then started getting messages that an earthquake has hit the East Coast and it was being felt all over New York City including Roosevelt Island.

I spoke with several other Roosevelt Islanders who noticed their chairs shaking and bottles placed on tables moving around. Another person on the roof of a Riverwalk Building reported feeling the building swaying.

Cartapura tweeted:

whoa. felt the building move here in roosevelt island. effects of the earthquake in va.
Jonathan Kalkin tweeted:
Totally felt the earthquake, thought it was something else
The NY Times reported:
An earthquake sent tremors from the nation’s capital to New York City Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

It is not clear how far the earthquake spread, but tremors were felt throughout New York City office buildings and as far north as Concord, N.H....
CBS News is reporting that it was a 5.9 earthquake.

Did you feel it?


Guest said...

what is the evacuation plans here on RI if we are hit by one...if they shut the Tram down, and the Train are all 13,500 of us going to run over the red bridge to Queens? We need more Q102 bus service here...we only have maybe 2 every hour that come here..then we have our 4 of 5 red buses? RIOC should be handing out RI rafts to every with the 88,000.00 they make from TV filming this month..that does not include White Collar now does it? 

Nelublin said...

And of course RIOC sent out an "advisory" telling us the quake occred at 1:15 today ... When it was really at 1:51 !!

Hope our engineers checked out our Tram Towers, the garage and our big ramp for any possible damage...

Guest said...

I love the news coverage about the earth quake in the West Coast papers. All tongue in cheek more or less how panicky we are about such a small earth quake. Of course, we could say the same about how cities like Seattle shut down with an inch of snow on the ground.

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