So there was an earthquake?
Wild ride!! Woohoo!!
We were 34 miles away from the epicenter of a 5.9 quake – strongest since the 1890s.
via @NPR Two reactors near Lake Anna were shut down automatically. No worries about leaks, etc.
Looks like we avoided a Fukushima this time.
What to do during an earthquake:
Supposedly there’s some major damage in the Mineral area where the epicenter was. A lot of the office buildings in the city (mine included) were evacuated for about forty-five minutes as well. If you live in a brick house on the Hill I’d strongly suggest you check it out to make sure there’s no cracks in the foundation or anything like that. A 5.8 earthquake on the East Coast is nothing to mess with.
I was in a high rise in downtown Richmond and we were not evacuated, although a lot of folks did leave voluntarily. Now we’ve gotten an email that if there are after shocks, we should stay put and stay away from the windows.
Meaning what we did at 1:51 p.m. during the quake by looking out the windows and marveling at the shaking windows we could see across the street was sort of dumb.
Lee and Kim Chen’s house suffered some damage as you’ll see if you swing by on the way home (SE corner of 27th and Broad, across from Buzzy’s). Bricks fell from the parapet wall onto the sidewalk. No injuries. Everyone’s ok.
I saw a picture on the RTD website that showed structure damage to a wall at 27th and Broad. Was that someone’s home or just a wall surrounding a property?
There was a 4.2 aftershock around 8:05pm this evening.
Things are fine here… only a lamp fell. I was at work and this is the first one I have felt. I didn’t feel the one in 2003.
@Elaine–I live on 29th and Broad, saw the damage to the Chens’ house on my way home from work. Glad there were no injuries. Also appeared to be some damage at the Patrick Henry Pub, I saw the Broad Street facade taped off. Any word on that?
I’ve added a few photos from 27th and Broad to the original post above.
Poe’s had some chimney damage – nothing major 🙂
Does anyone know why there is (or was earlier this morning) yellow tape around Patrick Henry Pub at 23rd and Broad on the Broad Street side? Or is that one of the pictures above and I didn’t realize it?
I didn’t even realize that Poe’s had a chimney…
Crap… my mistake! I meant Patrick Henry’s… where did I put that coffee!
THanks Alex, that explains the yellow tape!
Bricks fell from the front chimney at Patrick Henry but today we discovered the damage to the carriage house and garden wall behind the PH have extensive damage. We still enjoyed $3 burger night!
As someone who works in a high rise located downtown(and didnt find anything funny about the building I was in violently shaking back in forth with me in it) I was amazed at how many people thought what happened was funny and/or an excuse to get out of work. It just goes to show how ill prepared Richmond is for a major disaster. Good Luck!
As someone who lived in San Francisco for several years…. no matter when it occurs or where you are at, it can be frightening. People do need to know how to respond. I was surprised at the number of facilities had people evacuate the building. This is not the thing to do. You get under your desk or in a doorway and maintain a crouching protective position covering your head. See http://www.FEMA.gov for all the scenarios and details. In a larger earthquake you can be hurt by attempting to escape. The floor is literally out from under you, objects are flying.
EMA Individual Assistance Program
Application Deadline: March 5, 2012
Historic homes damaged by the August 23, 2011 earthquake and used as primary residences may be eligible for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Individual Assistance Program. Historic buildings used as businesses may also be eligible for loans issued through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
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