Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Strikes Fredericksburg

City trembles for several seconds in earthquake.

A terrible trembling has apparently shaken the city of Fredericksburg and other areas in northern Virginia. The incident happened around 1:50 p.m. Details are scarce at the moment, but twitter is lighting up with reports of tremors in Fredericksburg, King George, and Manassas among others.

The tremors sent people scurrying into the streets here near the home offices of Fredericksburg Patch on Forbes Street.

Hector Correra, a painter working at 1314 Caroline Street was on top of a ladder scraping paint when the quake struck.

"It was weird." said the shaken Correra. He said he's never felt an earthquake in Virginia before. 

According to a message broadcast to police officers on emergency frequencies with the University of Mary Washington, a magnitude 5.8 quake struck the city. The message did not name its source. 

Police and emergency radio messages indicate that personnel are inspecting buildings on the campus for damage and that all buildings are being evacuated. 

Calls are out to the United States Geological Service for more information. Stay tuned to Fredericksburg Patch as more details are learned. 

Dan Telvock (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 06:25 PM
What were you doing when the earthquake struck? Leave your comments here for a story later. I was walking to the coffee shop when I felt the ground shake and heard this rattling noise. I thought a huge truck was coming down Caroline Street but I realized it was an earthquake when pieces of homes were falling to the ground. I started running for no apparent reason other than having visions of the ground splitting and me falling through the cracks to an untimely death. I immediately called Michael Theis after it was over to confirm if I was going crazy or if it was true. Then, the real sorrow happened when I entered my apartment. All of my beautiful museum glass framed posters from concerts I attended were shattered. Glass is everywhere. My records are all over the floor. My house is a war zone. I couldn't believe less than 10 seconds of that could do so much harm to my possessions inside. I am still shocked. What's your story?
Jan Erkert August 23, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Just heard from a friend in Richmond; it was also felt there.
Sarah Davis August 23, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Just got a text from my sister in New York City. She felt it in her building in Manhattan!
Catherine Adamson August 23, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Felt it on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC.
sharon August 23, 2011 at 06:58 PM
My husband and I were eating lunch when the floor felt like it was moving. My husband ran to the living room and told me the chandelier was swaying back and forth!! He then rang the bell of our neighbor and he confirmed it. I ran to our 15 year old neighbor who was home alone and told him to ring our bell if it happened again. We never experienced this in Brooklyn, NY!!
shanee August 23, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I was in my car at a light and I felt my car just shaking! I happen to look up and could see the light pole swing back and forth. I didn't knw what to even think. Pretty strong though.
Troy Turner August 23, 2011 at 07:15 PM
I was on mine road driving and almost wrecked cause of the quake.......crazy
Janet Loveless August 23, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I live in King George didnt know what is was a first the house was shaking real bad we ran to the kitchen and looked out the back window I have a 18 x 36 above ground pool the water was coming over the rails looked like a tidal wave Janet Loveless
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Is my house the only one that had nothing stick to the walls? All of my framed art is shattered glass now. No one else?
TheBee August 23, 2011 at 07:39 PM
OK, I'm sure everyone knows, but epicenter was in Mineral just 10 miles from the North Anna reactors. Reactors shut down, running on diesel now. No report on yet on the intrgrity of the buildings or reactors. Originally built to withstand 5.8 - 6.0 earthquake - we just squeezed by on that. Original permits were not denied despite the known evidence of the faults below the reactor sites. NA is the 7th most vulnerable reactor site in the US, based on its construction, which is much less "earthquake resistant" that some in the West. We are within the 50 mile "dense population" area that would be affected by a plume. Speak up!
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Maybe it's because my landlord doesn't upkeep this place!!!
Leslie Perales Loges August 23, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Nothing major here in Reston. Heard of foundation cracks in Herndon. At my house nothing broke, but it seems a lot of my electrical sockets have shifted within the walls. Plugs were pushed out here and there. Some are loose wiggly and others are really tight.
asha August 23, 2011 at 07:54 PM
I was laying on the beach at Colonial Beach. I thought I was going crazy cause nobody said anything. I started to get text a little later asking if I was ok. Then one of my husband's employees texted him about the earthquake. I will never forget this that's for sure.
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 08:01 PM
TheBEE, we have that covered http://patch.com/A-lwhx Not missing anything over here
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 23, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Join the Fredericksburg Patch Facebook Page: Fredericksburg Earthquake http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fredericksburg-Earthquake-PageFredericksburg-Patch/220879227961435?sk=wall
virginia August 23, 2011 at 08:10 PM
My daughter and I were at a park in Spotsy and the whole ground shook hard. Our legs were like jello, we ran away from the trees.
Dana Walker August 23, 2011 at 09:27 PM
My 2 Children and i Were eating Lunch with it Hit It was a scarey moment when the whole building started to shake and the chandlers were swinging i thought for sure they were going to fall off the ceiling! some of the lights were flickering to and i saw a spark.. I have been in one other earth quake but it was only a 1.2 not a 5.8!!!!! THIS WAS INTENSE!!
Dennis Ambrose August 23, 2011 at 09:51 PM
If any one is not sure if your house is save call your building inspectors office.not contractors.I am a honest contractor .there are a lot of us around, we give free advice
Nicole Moser August 24, 2011 at 02:20 AM
I was resting in my recliner after having ankle surgery and the whole house started shaking. When my brain registerd that it was an earhquate, i jumped out of the chair ran out the back down the deck stair in the backyard, I completely forgot that I'm not allowed to put weight on my ankle until I could'nt walk back into the house. I had to crawl back inecuase of the pain in my ankle, It was very intense and I'll never forget the noise.
Joanne Clurman August 24, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Please help me find my dog! He was so freaked he shot into the woods and I can't find him! I searched until 8:30 tonight. If anyone finds him please contact me. He is a golden doodle , white buff in color and he is wearing a tag that says home again with a 800#. His name is Oliver and he has been chipped. He's from spotsylvania near the Matta River. Please call 540-840-0379 if you find him. Thank you!
Michael Theis August 24, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Hi Joanne, would you be able to email me at Michael.Theis@patch.com. I'll do a quick story on your dog, if you'd like. Be sure to send along a photograph.
Allison August 24, 2011 at 05:19 AM
JoAnn so sorry to hear about your dog. If you dont find it make sure to go to the pound and check (don't rely on a phone call because unfortunately sometimes they don't know a chihuahua from a Great Dane I learned the hard way). On another note, as to what we were doing - my son/co workers were on a rooftop hanging on for dear life. Here in Partlow we were trying to calm five terrified kids while slipping and sliding in the water that had sloshed out of the fish tank. Its day I am sure we will never forget. Just hope these aftershocks stop soon. Just had another but it was a tickle compared to today.
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 01:11 PM
You poor thing, Nicole. Crazy how an unusual event can send people into a short frenzy
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Joanne, have you found him? Please call Michael ASAP and we will help you find your pup. We need photos
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Allison is right about the local pound. It is understaffed and you will have to hound the place to ensure you get your dog if they do end up having it. If you run into any problems, let us know. I've written numerous articles about operations at the pound, which resulted in the sheriff taking over the operations, which hasn't really improved the place a whole lot.
Dan Telvock (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Joanne found her dog!!! He is in shock a bit, but the pup is home.
Joanne Clurman August 25, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Happy to report that Oliver showed up at home this morning at 7am. Evidently when he ran, he wasn't aware that the property ended and dropped off the cliff into the Matta River. Being in shock, he couldn't get back up on land. Somehow he found his way back and showed up covered in mud up to his back. After drinking a big bowl of water, eating...and a warm bath...he slept the whole afternoon safely tucked under the coffee table. Tonight, I have my boy Oliver next to me and everything is good again. Special thanks to all those who were offering to help, it truly touched my heart!
Stephen Carbonaro September 03, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Perhaps you should have a talk with Oliver about the nature of earthquakes. That coffee table was where he should head if it ever happens again. Tell him California Ace sent this tip along.


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