Wow! This one is from Wisconsin. More aurora images from last night: click here!
Last night on CNN’s “NewsNight,” anchor Aaron Brown made a remarkable statement at the top of the show that essentially amounted to an apology for doing too much coverage of the Robert Blake case on the previous night’s show. I happened to catch it live, and I found a transcript today. Here is the transcript.
Above is the CNN map of the epicenter. Here is a map of the earthquake’s effects, based on people’s reports of how much shaking they felt. Here is a similar map showing what people felt in Canada. And here is a list of aftershocks.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I have experienced two earthquakes during my time in Southern California, one of which was literally about a hundred times stronger than your stupid Northeast earthquake. So nyah. :)
My first quake, the really big one, was the Hector Mine earthquake on October 16, 1999, less than two months into my freshman year at USC. That one woke me up at around 3:00 AM, whereupon I immediately jumped across the room, turned on my camcorder and yelled, “Earthquake! Earthquake!” (The camera missed the shaking, but I did get footage of the electricity flashing on and off. Of course, that could be any summer day in California…) That quake was 7.1 on the Richter scale — very big — but its epicenter was quite far away, way out in the desert, and it did very little damage.
My second earthquake occured on September 9, 2001. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was sitting in the basement of Doheny Library — which had only just reopened after being closed for two years while undergoing, of all things, an earthquake retrofit — when all of a sudden, the bookstacks started to shake, the overhead pipes and lights started swinging back and forth, and the ground very definitely shook. This quake was only a 4.2 (which, because the Richter scale is logarithmic, means it was almost 1,000 times weaker than the Hector Mine quake), but its epicenter was much closer to USC — in the Beverly Hills/West Hollywood area — so the shaking was almost as strong. For me personally, it was much scarier, since I was all alone in a basement surrounded by large metal objects. I haven’t set foot in the basement of Doheny Library since. :) (Although, tragically, the earthquake was by no means the scariest thing that would happen that week. About 36 hours later, the Sept. 11 attacks took place).
Local coverage from the Press-Republican newspaper of upstate New York, where the earthquake was centered.
Earthquakes on the East Coast??? What is this?!? I’m supposed to be the one feeling the earth move under my feet! :) But there was indeed a magnitude 5.1 earthquake this morning, not in Southern California like usual, but in Plattsburg, New York. It was felt throughout the Northeast, and it woke up my parents in Newington, Connecticut. Their conversation reportedly went as follows:
D: “What’s that?”
M: “What’s what?”
D: “The bed is shaking. And the mirror. I hear noises. Mah.”
M: “Settle down.”
D: “It’s either an earthquake, or the house is falling down from the termites.”
M: “Settle down. Balf (the quarry down the street) is just blasting again.”
The quake was felt from the Buffalo area (where Becky is from) to Boston, and as far north as Ontario, Canada. Here’s an Associated Press article about it, and here’s a local article from Connecticut’s NBC affiliate. Oh, and here’s the latest from the U.S. Geological Survey, including seismograph readings.
Here are some quotes from the Fark.com discussion board:
“I felt it here in Boston this morning.. Thought I was nuts till I got a msg from a friend of mine who felt it too.. My comp desk swayed for awhile and I felt the building shake.. thought I was just crazy though..”
“It woke my up in Hoboken, NJ. Pretty strong considering it was at 6:50am and i was out cold.”
“wow. i felt it, and i didn’t believe my own body. i live in cambridge, ma, and there was a slight shaking for a few seconds (i probably only noticed because i was sitting really still, and my roommates monitor made a creaking noise). i thought i had just had a muscle spasm or something, but i guess my first asumption was right. spooky.”
“I live about 20 miles from the epicenter. It was a pretty impressive way to wake up.”
“The entire western seaboard is laughing at you. That’s like farting after eating Taco Bell to them”
“I felt that sucker in Albany, NY. Took me a little while to realize that it wasn’t my washing machine that was shaking the house.”
“I’m in the Philly suburbs and it woke me up. My cats got pretty upset as well.”
“The end is near.”
“wrong coast for earthquakes. confused. need booze.”
“Ashcroft said that there was a a terror threat against New England. I didn’t realize that Al Qaida could control earthquakes.”
“An earthquake on 4/20, it must be a sign i tells ya! either that, or god was smiting me for last night’s actions. lol. I sure wish it had happened while i was awake smoking. just isn’t the same if you sleep through it (fortunately i have been in many earthquakes so i can pretend i was awake)”
“Sorry fellas - I had one too many sausage and pepper sandwiches last night. I certainly didn’t intend to wake up the entire northeast with my *minor* gastrointestinal difficulties.”
“i go to school across the lake and the earthquake woke us all up. i thought a truck had ran into the building”
“Didn’t feel it here. Admittedly, I live on the other side of the Atlantic ;0)”
“I live here in Rochester NY and it woke me up…I wasn’t sure if it was real or not or if I was just dreaming. Then I was scared something blew up. I have an uncle that lives in Plattsburg! I wonder if he’s ok…”
“That was quite the wake-up call… I live in Plattsburgh, I was called in to work (the TV station), probably will be stuck here until the wee hours reporting every cracked foundation in the county…”
“nothing wakes me up and that motherfarkin’ earthquake did.! i live in canton NY, bout 50 miles away…i wrote it off as either base explosions or mine demolitions until i signed on the computer this am.”
“Route 9N, near Clintonville, saw one of its lanes crack and slide over 5 yards. It visually looks like flood damage. Obviously traffic in that area isn’t very intense, but it’ll require some kind of temporary fix to make two-way traffic run over one lane at that spot. There’s also a bridge in the Town of Plattsburgh that’s been deemed unsafe for traffic, more little cracks like such will probably roll in over the day”
“everytime i leave the northeast to go to northern california there’s an earthquake in the new york area. coincidence?”
“As a Californian, may I just say…
“Note to self: do not visit New York before the apocalypse.”
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In other news, click here for local coverage from the area where the tragic Amtrak crash took place on Thursday. And just in case you were wondering what Friday’s Miami Herald front page looked like, well, wonder no more: