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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.


Comment on this Story

  • YesIamStillaJerk

    as usual, just me making the Earth move.

  • sdZVSDVvsd

    Are you serious. They are called trolls. its the internet, get a clue.

  • Guest32446

    I live off Middle Sound Loop rd past Ogden Elementary and was sitting at my computer desk. My whole house shook, and my laptop and computer desk were moving from side to side. It was hard to focus. At first I thought it was the washing machine about to go, but soon realized it wasn’t!

  • Guestier

    The same way Bush caused Katrina. Obama doesn’t care about white people!

  • Guest

    Told ya the Myans were right about 2012… But Nooooo… No one ever listens…

  • Guest

    Felt Earthquake on North End of Carolina Beach.
    Just got up from my beach cahair and the ground started
    shaking. I thought it was the wind blowing at first.
    My wife felt it sitting in her beach chair too.
    Lasted about 10 seconds.

  • Guest

    Enough of mother nature! Waterspout last week while vacationing in Carolina Beach, now back home in VA and felt the earthquake, now the hurricane next. Think I would take the waterspout over all of them.

  • Carolyn

    I was laying down and my bed was shaking.

  • Guest

    I was sitting at Pediatrics office and felt a rocking motion. I thought I was woozy from no lunch..funny stuff. Hope everyone who was seriously affected are ok

  • Guest

    When the earth shook, I was sure Burtha Butt had tripped and fallen onto Eric Cantor and John Boehner.

  • Carrie

    In the past week there has been 244 earthquakes reported! That is as of 2pm today, Tuesday August 23rd. There is a very detailed map of the quakes here http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/
    The Earth is such an amazing place.

  • Guest1118

    in the Middle Sound area we felt nothing! Zip, zero, nada.

  • Paul Langevin

    My family and I experienced a slight movement of our house, back and forth for about 5-10 seconds. This just makes you more aware of the powers of nature and of our good Earth…..

  • kcgoode115

    I live in pine valley and my room started shaking but it was not a violent shake still a very weird feeling

  • Mg.

    It was sitting in my heavy Lazyboy recliner when suddenly I started
    shaking from side to side. I noticed the floor lamp beside my chair shaking also. It was a strange experience.

  • mo


    Uhm, what does Obama’s liberal agenda have to do with G-dang earthquake? I hope the question served more as a tasteless joke than a rational and somewhat intelligent thought. But hey, if you want to redeem yourself and sound somewhat smart, why don’t you explain exactly how the earthquake was caused by Obama. Don’t beat yourself up too much for it. We’ll understand if you can’t Have a nice day. :-)

  • Susan

    Earth moved in Castle Hayne – felt the house moving, thought I was on a cruise ship about to be seassick!

  • Quakes Alive!

    Except, pulled pork, sweet tea and hushpuppies.

  • Guest

    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.

  • Oreomama

    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.

  • lunch break dog walker

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

  • Redneck

    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!

  • glenn weckel

    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

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