Confusion, a little panic and a host of cellular communications problems gripped the East Coast Tuesday when the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Louisa, Va. was felt as far as Ohio, Massachusetts and the East End of Long Island.
Locals across Suffolk County reported feeling the earth move during the afternoon quake, though many admit that at the time they had no idea what was happening.
Here are five comments we received from people recounting the tremors. If you have one of your own, share it below.
Monique Hennings -
“Yup, definitely felt it! I was on the phone with mom in N.J. when she starts saying she's feeling an earthquake. As I am trying to comprehend what the heck she's talking about, my house starts shaking. She said she knew right away it was an earthquake because she experienced them growing up in Ecuador. I guess my cats don't have that sixth sense...they didn't bat a whisker!”
Jeb Ladouceur -
“While lounging by the pool just now, I was irritated by a balky chaise that kept tilting, but I couldn't locate the problem. My wife, Liz, came outside and said that we'd just experienced an earthquake. She'd noticed that the pendulum on the grandfather clock was swaying from front to back as opposed to side to side. She checked the TV weather channel and verified that we'd had tremors on Long Island.”
John Juhasz -
“Felt it in Poquott, 1:53pm DST. Was sitting on edge of bed - bed swayed like someone else jumped on it, and then I saw the stuff hanging on the walls swaying and I heard some items falling over (small stuff - pill bottles, some photos, nothing big). Was very surprised. There was a shock a couple of years ago, but that was even smaller than this. Just goes to show you that it really doesn't matter where you live, it can happen - eventually.”
“Wow, I was on the computer (at 1:54pm) and I felt like I was going to pass out .... I stood up to go talk to my husband ... the entire house was ‘swaying’ ... and I said to him - ‘Is that an earthquake?’ He saw out the window that the 6 foot+ hedge was ‘moving’ and the large oval stained glass cardinal was moving on the study window. We live in Mattituck, 19 feet above sea level, on Great Peconic Bay. We went outside and at that point things had settled down. Then our main concern was Val's son, wife and two boys, who we just visited with last week IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. We tried to call them and could not get through on land lines or cells. Then after I emailed them, we heard from them! They are OK. ‘Scared to death but safe right now.’ We hope to hear more from them when things settle down.
Durell Godfrey -
“My computer jiggled, and the floor lamp swayed. The tea in my cup had that ripple effect they showed so dramatically in Jurassic Park when the T. Rex was out and about. My cats didn't bat an eye. I felt queasy for about 30 min afterward.”