FIRST ON 3: Earthquake in Virginia rattles Cape Fear


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Submitted: Wed, 08/24/2011 - 3:01am
Updated: Wed, 08/24/2011 - 12:41pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Waterspouts. Tornadoes. A hurricane. And now an earthquake that rattled the Cape Fear.

Though the earthquake was centered in Virginia, folks all over our area reported feeling a tremor all the way down here.

“It’s scary,” said Carrie McIntyre, who felt the quake in Wilmington. “It’s really scary, because when it’s happening, what do you do? Really, you can’t do very much, maybe try to protect yourself.”

The US Geological Survey says the earthquake was a magnitude 5.8 and located 87 miles southwest of Washington, DC, at 1:51 p.m.

It was around 2 p.m. when folks in our area say they felt the ground shake beneath them.

“I looked out the window, and you could see the fence shaking along with the bushes so everything was shaking at once,” Ruben Maldonado of Rocky Point said.

All US Capitol complex buildings were evacuated after the earthquake.

People as far away as Rhode Island and Illinois also reported feeling the quake.

WWAY received reports from people in Wilmington, Leland, Rocky Point, Burgaw, White Lake, Tabor City and other areas.

“I was at my desk doing some paperwork and my chair moved, and I thought it was the animals,” said Melinda Cheshire of Wilmington. “I turned around to fuss at them, and then my desk started shaking, and then I looked outside and it looked like the house was moving.”

Despite the shaking along the Cape Fear coast, there have not been any reports of damage or injuries in our area. There have been reports of some damage and injuries in and around Washington, DC.

Safety systems automatically took two nuclear reactors at a power plant near the epicenter off line.

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41 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Earthquake in Virginia rattles Cape Fear"


glenn weckel
2015 years 8 months ago

Was sitting at my desk in Carolina Beach when the ground and walls started moving…waited a bit to make sure I wasn’t imagining things…they moved again and I shouted to the girls in the front office “are you feeling this” They responded YES

Redneck
2015 years 8 months ago

It sounded like a freight train. I thought me and Bertha were going to lose our single wide! Durn lost our teeth at the waffle house last Sunday after church!

lunch break dog walker
2015 years 8 months ago

walking the dogs as usual and ground shook in downtown wilmington. disconnected server to PSN. crazy stuff.

Oreomama
2015 years 8 months ago

I live off of Market St on Gordon Rd. I felt the apt building shake and the pantry doors were swaying so that you could see it. 15 seconds or so was all.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Felt the earthquake while eating lunch at Osterio Cichetti. It felt like we were sitting in a boat – just a gentle sway that seemed to last about 20 seconds.