Virginia Quake Ripples Through Westchester

A 5.8 magnitude quake struck at 1:51 p.m. today.

Locals report feeling the shock waves of an earthquake that registered a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale this afternoon. 

In Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, the tremble last about five to ten seconds and caused a flood of calls to local police departments. 

"We received a number of calls right away," said Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Greg Camp. "There have been no damages reported in this Village."

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 1:51 p.m., four miles from Louisa, VA, and 83 miles outside of Washington, DC. The earthquake was shallow at only a kilometer in depth. 

The quake was felt in Philadelphia and New York City and is reportedly causing some cell phone service disruptions across Westchester County. 

"Calls have stopped and cell phones are having problems," Camp said.

Janice Landrum August 23, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Certainly did! It scared the heck out of me. Table lamps vibrating for quite a while. Some creaking in the house. Neighbors running outside, all looking at each other: "Did you feel what I felt?"
Paul Feiner August 23, 2011 at 07:06 PM
A 5.8 earthquake in Virginia was felt by residents of the NY metropolitan area on August 23rd. This highlights a major reason why Indian Point should be shut down. The nuclear power plant is located on an earthquake fault. We think earthquakes can't happen here in NY. But, they can. Remember, the earthquake in Ardsley (headline: It's Ardsley's Fault!) in the 1980s.
Karen Kuhn August 23, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Totally missed it! Who knew my home state was an earthquake zone!
Krista Madsen August 23, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Really shook our house, the whole structure was swaying. We've adjusted to this as we're near the train tracks and the 3 am freight train shakes us, but this felt different, and of course there was no train. Yikes! Perhaps our house is frailer than most...should we be worried?
Mario DiFelice August 23, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Aintthatascam August 24, 2011 at 12:50 AM
It's only a sample of what's to come. Move away from the east coast, at least 70 miles inland... Don't fall for the "bedrock" theory.
Thomas N August 24, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Another way to look at it is nuclear power plants up and down the East Coast held up fine despite the earthquake.
Aintthatascam August 24, 2011 at 01:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZPbxVAlQhw this guy was off by a few days..
Cousin Skeeter August 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM
@Aintthatascam He also predicted the wrong area.
Janet Hogan Herrera August 24, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I was sitting at the computer at work and felt slight shaking. I thought it was me at first..."Seizure?" I was wondering. Then the floor and desk were shaking and I knew it was something more, the boiler on the verge of exploding? earthquake? It was later confirmed. I had also lost the use of my cellphone and the phones/computers at the Salvation Army for a good while. Are you prepared for Sunday and the entrance of the hurricane to our area?


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