Survey: Where Were You When the Earthquake Hit?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Buildings in New York City shook briefly Tuesday afternoon as an earthquake originating in Virginia rattled the ground throughout the East Coast. Did you think it was an earthquake or something else? Tell us what you thought when it was happening


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Jimmy Jordan Smith from New York City

For Saturday/Sunday Afternoon Host Jonathan Schwartz:

You played two versions of "Suddenly It's
Spring (one by the wonderful Chris Connor
who I knew!), and asked if there were any
other versions as you knew of no other.

Well June Christy (w/Bud Shank: flute/Don
Bagley: bass/and Al Viola on guitar) recorded a beauty of a version on one of
her all-time best albums--"The Intimate
Miss Christy" on Capitol (9/1963). The
other album that's her best if "The Misty
Miss Christy"! From longtime fan who
caught the wonderful 10-year tribute to you in Rockefeller Park last month,

Jimmy Jordan Smith

Aug. 25 2011 03:20 PM
Big Duke Six from Manhattan

Flet the building sway on the 48th floor of World Wide Plaza.

Aug. 24 2011 06:04 PM
Lane In midtown from Park and 53rd

Was on 44th floor of office building when conference call collegue started saying "what's that..what's going on" in a panicked voice. I felt dizzy seconds before but thought it was the Indian food I had for lunch. Then, chair started vibrating in increasing momentum . I could feel our floor move and building sway. Very scary as I looked out conf. Room window normal image of next door building moving back and forth. We got up left caller on speaker and ran to stairwell ... Unsure of blast or what walked down 44 flights... Got outside and stood under archway where glass would not hit us... Very scary because of not knowing what caused extreme sway and vibrating walls, windows and floor

Aug. 24 2011 06:00 PM

OH yeah.I felt this quake all right.I was lying in bed trying to sleep when my bed started to vibrate.My bed hasn't shaken this much in LONG time.

Aug. 24 2011 05:34 PM
Erin W from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

I was at work in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on the first floor of the building. I was sitting at my desk and at first I thought I was dizzy, but things were shaking too much for that. I looked at the blinds, which were swaying and knew it was an earthquake. My office considered evacuating, but it was over before we could get out the door.

Aug. 24 2011 12:50 PM
Mohammad Sohrab Aziz from Kensington, Brooklyn

I was watching CNN's breaking news on Libya that TNC forces are at Bab Al Aziziya. An Incredible live reporting by Sara Sidner. My daughter ask that who was shaking the floor? I looked at my son and I was shaking from left to right for like 10 secs. My wife was complaining some one shaking the kitchen cabinet and it's over. I was tweeting and posting in the Facebook right the way. I think my post @AzizerPodaboli became top #Quaeets.

Aug. 24 2011 11:35 AM
ari from gowanus

I was in a category 7 earthquake - and thought this was extremely MILD in comparison.
Get over yourself new yorkers, this is no big deal. I kept working right along the whole "incident" - IT WAS NOTHING

Aug. 24 2011 09:57 AM

In bed with one of my cats when the bed started shifting, walls started moving and creaking. I sat up, looked at my cat who said, "I thought this is why we left California!" Then we both laid back down and went back to sleep.

Aug. 24 2011 04:46 AM
anne in hell's kitchen from Paris

I'm on vacation in Paris but, hey, what else is there to do than listen to Leonard Lopate? I first learned about the earthquake from Leonard's announcing it as he felt it (good catch, Lenny!). I'm guessing my 5th-floor tenement apt is OK since it hasn't made the news.

Aug. 24 2011 04:06 AM

I was at home in Weehawken telling a friend about the ghost who inhabited a centuries old home I used to have and was very connected to years ago in Stockbridge Mass. Suddenly my living room began to shake along with the building but curiously I was not the least bit scared. My friend's eyes opened wide and fearfully she asked if "my ghost"might have had anything to do with the shaking! Within seconds the shaking ended and my friend went home... as if nothing had happened. After a google search my poor ghost was vindicated. Hours later the enormity of what had happened and the implications began to sink in, yet in the moment, I was a cool and fearless spectator. Aren't reactions fascinating?

Aug. 24 2011 01:21 AM
Carol Chang from Soho/Chinatown in NYC

I was just starting to work again after lunch when the quake hit. It took a brief second to trigger my earthquake memories of my childhood in Taiwan. "Earthquake!" I announced to my only remaining colleague in the office at the time. I couldn't be sure if we need to evacuate. I used to know the drill when I was in grade school. I guess a refresher course is in order.

Aug. 24 2011 12:36 AM
Lisa in NYC from NYC

I was sitting at home watching TV and surfing the web on my laptop. All of a sudden, I felt the table shake, and I looked over to some flowers on a vase on the table, and they were swaying back and forth. Instinctively, I knew it was an earthquake, though I've never felt one before. I just went back to what I was doing, with no thought that it was any big deal. But a few minutes later, I was curious, so I tried to confirm by googling "earthquake in NYC," and saw one article had been posted on some site. Then, just after 2:00, they broke into programming, and continued non-stop local coverage of a 30 second event where no one was hurt, and there was no damage anywhere. Can you say "ridiculous, sensationalistic media coverage?" What a world!

Aug. 23 2011 10:24 PM
Mary Ann Willoughby from Bayside NY

I was napping having not slept last night. I felt my bed shake, not violently but as if someone was at the head of it shaking me. I opened my eyes and saw my mirror on a door move with a tremor. It wasn't scary just unexpected. i have felt much worse having lived in California for so many years.

Aug. 23 2011 08:18 PM
Cecilia Cilli from Bay Head, Nj

I was sitting on the beach in Bay Head NJ in a beach chair and felt a quiver. At first I thought it was the wind but my daughter said did you feel that, we both then thought it was an earthquake. Everyone that was sitting on the beach felt it.

Aug. 23 2011 08:06 PM
debra solomon from Soho, just above canal

I was in my desk chair - it has wheels on it . I was sending a text message and I had been very agitated and upset all morning. When I my chair started moving I thought " You have got to calm down , and stop drinking coffee you are shaking so much the damn chair is moving ! " Then I looked over at a lamp that is on a long horizontal arm over the sofa and it was dancing up and down , then i saw and felt the building was moving. I sat there dazed and finally thought hey the building could come down so I grabbed my sneakers and ran down the stairs in my bare feet without my keys where people outside confirmed that it was an earthquake... then I got freaked out... only after the fact.I like that that I didnt panic.

Aug. 23 2011 06:56 PM
Bill Anderson from Camp Hill, PA

I'm in Camp Hill, PA, across the river from Harrisburg. I felt a very mild but distinct tremor and at first thought my wife was walking up behind me; but quickly realized it was too strong for that; then it recurred and I thought earthquake and we checked what news sources we could and confirmed the event. What seems odd to me is the apparently greater movement described by folks in NYC and Phila (where my daughter works) than here. Something to do with how the fault lies?

Aug. 23 2011 06:46 PM
Sherry from Far Rockaway

I was quite ill with a stomach flu last week, but I had been feeling better since Sunday. Sitting at my computer around 2 PM today I felt as if someone was pushing my chair from behind. Neither of my cats was in view and I doubt they could move my somewhat corpulent body in any case. I called my doctor complaining of imbalance and dizziness--didn't know how else to describe it. He directed me to come in to be examined. As I got in my car and turned on the radio I heard reports about the quake. Me and my Doc decided that was the cause; subsequent lack of distress seems to bear it out. Wish I had a hope 4 future grandkids to tell it to.

Aug. 23 2011 06:25 PM
Ann from Towanda, PA

I'm no stranger to earthquakes having lived in southern California for over eight years and having experienced about eight quakes. When my house shook, rattled and rolled, I knew what to do. Headed for the nearest doorway and hoped and prayed the shaking would quickly stop...after about 30 agonizing seconds it did. Waited for another five minutes or so for an after-shock. When that didn't happen, went outside to see if neighbors were out and about and they were. One neighbor thought it was a gas-drilling explosion as we're in the midst of the northeast Marcellus Shale project. When all seemed well on the front, called my cousin Erin in Long Beach who, quite ironically, experienced an earthquake just last week while we were on the phone. Amazing! We're always sharing weather-related scenarios. For a good hour after the quake, I felt a bit dis-oriented...and that's to be expected when the earth moves beneath your feet. Thank God there seems to be no significant damage up and down the east coast...and we're not as well-prepared for quakes as our friends and relatives to the west of us.

Aug. 23 2011 06:22 PM
Paula from Suffolk County

I live 1/2 mile from the Great South Bay. I was working at home on a story idea on computer and often the house will shake if a heavy equipment truck comes on the street if a neighbor is having work done but I knew this was a quake even though I did turn around to look out the window, The in/out trays on my desk were swaying back and forth rhythmically.. The entire house seemed to be rocking. I checked on my 92 yr old mom who lives with me and another elderly neighbor, called a family member who lives in VA when I heard where the quake was centered. He was OK although he was going to head for his home

Aug. 23 2011 06:21 PM
Sue from NYC

I thought of some of my favorite Rolling Stones songs: Sway, Wild Horses, then
the possibility of needing shelter: GIMME SHELTER !

Aug. 23 2011 06:20 PM
Michael Cherry

On Upper West Side, and I did not feel a thing.

Aug. 23 2011 06:14 PM
jerry hoffman from Hartsdale, NY

I was in San Francisco when the 1989 quake hit, in Golden Gate Park. Somehow, that scared me far more, thinking the earth could open-up! I was standing at my car, next to a tree, when I saw my car bouncing violently up and down. Only then dd I realize that it was a quake!

Today, I was sitting over a late lunch when the quake hit, not sure what was happening, but first thought was of possible stroke or other because my eyes wouldn't focus. Then everything returned to normal, I was OK, and realized it was a quake. Fascinating experience.

Aug. 23 2011 06:13 PM

Felt nothing in NJ 10, 1/2 way between GW & TZ bridges.

Aug. 23 2011 06:12 PM
Michelle from Union Square, NYC

I was in the middle of a conference call with people in NJ and Pittsburgh, PA. What's odd was the the people in NJ mentioned the earthquake first. Once we finished the call, the department chair looked around and said it was time for cocktails - which is what we did :)

Aug. 23 2011 05:20 PM
Eve from Rockaway Park, NY

This is not the first time I have felt a quake here. I was walking down the street and my friend was sitting in his truck while it was shaking - he said, "do you think this is an earthquake, or is someone shaking my truck?". I just laughed.

Aug. 23 2011 04:54 PM
Francesco M. from Hackensack, NJ

I was on my backporch listening to some 1969 Grateful Dead, grilling some food and having a few beers. Suddenly felt the backporch sway back and forth for a minute. First thought was my house was possessed! (if you saw my house, you'd understand). When it stopped swaying, I turned my radio to 1010am and heard it was an earthquake. CRAZY!!

Aug. 23 2011 04:36 PM
Jim Asher from Charlottesville, VA

Very violent shaking at work (a school in Charlottesville, VA...though students don't begin school until tomorrow).

Aug. 23 2011 04:19 PM
Kymaii from Canarsie, Brooklyn

Scary moment!

Aug. 23 2011 04:13 PM
Beth Ann trammell from 11230

Hate I missed it.

Aug. 23 2011 04:12 PM
Erin Johnson from NYC

I heard something by my mirror that was hanging on the wall. Then I saw it move a little so I got on a chair to see if it was coming loose from its hook on the wall. That's when it really started swaying and I said out loud: "We're having an earthquake." I was alone so I'm not sure why I said it out loud, but kept shaking for about 30 seconds. Went back to my lunch I made.

Aug. 23 2011 04:12 PM

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