Anyone Feel the Virginia Earthquake Today in West Roxbury?

A 5.9 earthquake shook central Virginia shortly before 2 p.m.

Did you feel the 5.9 earthquake that shook central Virginia today around 1:53 p.m. in West Roxbury?

According to the Washington Post blog, the "U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed an earthquake struck central Virginia at 1:53 p.m 4 miles south southeast of Louisa, Virginia. It has been felt throughout the D.C. metro region. Initial indications are that it measured 5.9 on the Richter scale."

West Roxbury District Councilor Matt O'Malley told West Roxbury Patch that his rolling chair moved, "I felt it. It felt like someone was standing behind me gently rocking it back and forth. The water in the water cooler started to ripple. It reminded me of that scene in 'Jurassic Park.'... It was really bizarre."

O'Malley said the water started to move back and forth likes waves.

"It wasn’t intense enough to be scary. But a very weird sensation. I've obviously never felt anything like that. When you’re in a building like , a big slab of concrete... it doesn’t move like that."

So what did you feel?

Adam Vaccaro August 23, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I was lying in bed doing some work when I started to rumble a bit. My initial thought was back spasms, but I realized I was okay when I stood up, and that water in a glass next to me was unstable. My room being next to the bathroom, I thought something very weird might be happening in there involving a roommate, but that turned out not to be the case either. The thought of an earthquake was pretty far from my mind, but I got to boston.com to find out if one had occurred just a minute after they had posted the breaking news bulletin.
Sheila Peters August 23, 2011 at 09:43 PM
I was sitting at the table playing a game on FB when I felt bouncing, I thought the dog or something was under the house(mobile Home) and then I seen the curtains bouncing too, I did not even consider an earthquake simply because I live in North Bloomfield, Ohio approximately 25 miles west of PA. My husband came home I told him what happened he said Jokingly it was an Earthquake. He'll laugh his behind off when I tell him It WAS an Earthquake. Sheila Peters


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