- Posted August 23, 2011 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Did you feel the quake?
Quake Felt in the Big Apple!
At around 1:55pm today, we felt an earthquake in New York City. After a few minutes, we learned that it was an earthquake that originated in Virginia.
I was sitting quietly in my office doing paperwork and all of a sudden I felt the building shaking back and forth. At first I thought I was getting vertigo from not having enough sleep. However, my file cabinet started to creak and that was my confirmation that it was not me, there really was some major shaking happening. I run over to the next office where there was a window and nothing was happening outside that would cause this. At that moment, everyone started coming out of their offices, asking if the other person felt the same shaking. Sure enough we confirmed among ourselves there was some sort of shaking.
As the minutes passed, a friend from midtown confirmed the tremors, my brother in Brooklyn confirmed he felt the same, a few other friends in the Bronx and Queens also confims it. Finally a few minutes thereafter, my brother calls from Virginia indicating there was an earthquake and that they were evacuating the Pentagon. USGS also confirms there was a 5.8 magnitude quake just north-west of Richmond, VA.