Go ahead, folks. Let's just get all the earthquake chatter out in one post1, shall we? Yes, phone lines are jammed. Towers might even be out. Basically, nobody knows anything. But Android shall prevail! Or something like that.

Source: USGS
Download: Reto Meier's Earthquake! app

1 - TouchPad jokes are welcome here, too, of course.

There are 98 comments

mychlan says:

dont forget Colorado....they had a little shaking also...

ScottJ says:

I got a MSNBC notification on my Android phone that there'd been an earthquake in the capital and I was worried. Then, I heard it was less than six and went back to my normal business.

I was looking at my phone when the notification of the Japan earthquake came in. I also got word of the killing of OBL via my Android phone. These devices are changing the way and speed that we become aware of important events. We live in exciting times.

jtexans says:


@BrentCelek: Sorry Philadelphia. I dropped a dumbbell

El Jefe says:


MacBook says:

Alrighty then... How does this relate to Android??

El Jefe says:

A lot of subscribers to the site are from the East Coast.

MacBook says:

yeah I can see how that could relate.

hopefulfarm says:

You see those 2 letters: O and T? If you don't wanna read an off topic message, don't read it. They called it out as OT..........

ka3yan says:

I mean, holy crap! The sky is definitely falling. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis. What next??? Global warming???

jesmann says:

Got a Text Alert from Fox2Now (St Louis) directing to before they even had anything posted...information flies fast to phones

orlanka says:

Being in O'Fallon, that's the fastest I've ever heard of anything moving here in Misery, er, Missouri.

area223 says:

I felt nothing out in Suffolk county. :C

Flavy says:

Felt the quake here in PA.

2defmouze says:

Sources say the earthquake is confirmed as being caused by the Bionic finally landing..

johnzara says:

Felt a rumble just south of Charlotte, NC.

1gridlok2 says:

Whats a good earthquake app....

ScottJ says:

I bought the app 'Sound Meter Pro' awhile back which includes a vibrometer which is sort of a crude seismograph.


Felt in Greensboro, NC. Shook our building for about 10-15 seconds. Very odd, didn't know what was going on.

Mattykinsx says:

Washington D.C. still exists. :(

movielover76 says:

It was felt pretty strong in NJ, the entire office building shook

CalPolyRock says:

Agreed. Who cares! It has nothing to do with Android! Don't post this crap!

El Jefe says:

Then move along & don't read the article or post a comment.

Oh wait, I get it, because you don't want to talk about it no one should. Self-centered much?

akutch34 says:

The thread is clearly labeled "Off Topic", your dumb fault for clicking.

PittsPgh says:

I felt it here in Pittsburgh, I'm close to downtown up on a hill. It was a pretty good shake of my place. It was kind of freaky really.

El Jefe says:

Our office building shook a little bit in Southern Indiana!

daPirates says:

The house shook in G-Vegas, NC!

CheddarBo says:

go pirates! Arggghhh!

daPirates says:

UNDAUNTED!! aaarrgghhh!

guruffl says:

We felt it in southern Vermont.. Go Patriots!

Small_law says:

Figures that it's the rapture. Facebook notifications just started working on my Thunderbolt with this new leaked RUU.

dethduck says:

First pics of the D.C. area devastation just in!

heathroi says:

waiting for the FEMA check already.

ls377 says:

I'm extremely disappointed in the Bush administration's reaction time to this crisis. The mole trapped underneath the chair has been without food for 45 minutes.

dethduck says:

I hear it's an inside job. The Government Did it!

ls377 says:

I blame Obama and his socialist agenda. They wanted to spread the earthquake wealth out from the California elites.

dethduck says:

Damn Liberal Agenda!

hopefulfarm says:

It wasn't the guberment or the liberals. it was GOD, and God is mad at everyone except Rick Perry. All hail Rick Perry, who foresaw God taking us back to biblical times.....


I agree. Also God does seem to be doing a good job of turning Texas into the Sinai Desert.Does this make Perry...Moses?

ScottJ says:

The Sainai Desert doesn't have horrible urban pollution like Houston.

Dalton37 says:

Felt it pretty good in SE Michigan. I am on the 4th (top) floor of my building though, so it probably was a little more amplified.

Felt it in Brighton Beach, south Brooklyn...thought I was still drunk from yesterday...

Spaceheater says:

Felt it big time here in Richmond, Va!!!

pheatton says:

Hell yeah we did! Im about 30min east of the epicenter and I can tell you it was a good one. I lived in LA and San Fransisco for 5 years and this is like what they get over there.

Crap was falling off of shelves, windows were all vibrating etc. We all thought at first one of the air handlers was freaking out...

bbond says:

I'm in Chesterfield (about 40 miles from the epicenter) and it shook our building pretty bad. Luckily we have a datacenter, so the building is built to handle hurricanes and such.

pheatton says:

Yep same here.

Knyte says:

Nice bit a swaying going on here in the Tidewater area. Was interesting and fun but I think there a bit of overreaction going on... Local news reporting a 5.8-5.9 quake possibly 2 and now the strongest quake in the state.. knocked the previous 5.8 out from over 100 years ago.

ScottJ says:

The East Coasters are freaking out over a relatively small quake. It's like when places that traditionally get no snow in the winter get a few inches. People panic.

Floss82 says:

I felt here in the bronx, new york. Crazzzzzzyyyyy :O lol

mixmastrzzz says:

That wasn't scary at but everyone in Md on fb is freaking out lol

reeper55 says:

I felt it all the way up in western Massachusetts

moosc says:

I'm more worried about this hurricane coming to wreck havoc on my home. And my My freightliner shakes more this earthquake

MacBook says:

looks like she is headed towards Florida but maybe it will take a different direction over the next few days.

dcreed says:

So, Southern New Jersey has now had flooding and earthquakes. And Hurricane Irene is on track for getting there Sunday.

Next: tornadoes, volcanoes, and locusts.

rayjr13 says:

locusts? lucky!

ls377 says:

Locusts..the only way to clean up New Jersey.
*Insert David Patterson impression here*

ScottJ says:

Frogs falling from the sky?

wpavlik2 says:

It shook us in Winston-Salem, (just down the road from Greensboro) and it was intense enough to make me want to get outside. made the light fixtures sway.

dd0yl3 says:

Felt it here Hampton Roads.

CharlieL3 says:

The building shook here in Arlington, VA for about 25 seconds, but it wasn't anything to worry about. We're all back at work. I'm on a break.

agha_panther says:

We still get some pretty good shakes, sometimes with out any warning in Christchurch New Zealand! had a 4.2 on Monday.

Strong quake right in the epicenter dale city.

VDub2174 says:

Felt it at work (Trneton, NJ).

eze036 says:

felt the some rumble here in pittsburgh

rayjr13 says:

Didn't feel anything in Warrendale

JSKershaw says:

Felt it here in Toronto, Canada! It was kinda strange how our office building started to sway and I was in the middle of showing my buddy how easy it was to tether my Android phone to my Tab 10.1! LOL

rayjr13 says:

At least now we can tell USGS what started it :P

ls377 says:

Dammit, Canada strikes again.

ScottJ says:

This is what happens when all of the Canadians flap their heads in unison.

The_Engine says:

On the 7th floor of a building in Manhatten and it was a bit scary. I was on the phone with someone in 'Jersey when it occured so I immediately knew it was wide spread and not the subway or something like that. Which made it more frightening.

AppHunter says:

Felt a short rumble in Washington DC zoo, it seems to have messed up the Sprint towers, no 3g, and the failed data call error message keeps popping up, it even cut off a video I was trying to take, of a tiger roaring... Stupid message...

tompro53 says:

Felt it in New Jersey this was the first eartquake I ever felt didn't know what was going on, thought there is no earthquakes on east coast myth busted.

jhoove09#IM says:

I live 30 miles from the center of this. Communications are fine, well, cell service is good in Charlottesville, the 911 system went down... As far as I can tell, nothing too serious happened... My girlfriend works in a high school at the center of the quake. She got a few scratches from ceiling tiles falling and one of her students was hit by a picture hanging on the wall but nothing too serious. The North Anna nuclear reactor was shut down for safety and inspection. It was an interesting experience. Prayers and thoughts to those who had a more traumatic experience with this.

enthuz says:

I'm in Virginia and it shook the mess out of the buildings here. At least the ground didn't open up like I experience while living in Southern California.

trigun123478 says:

Didn't feel it, in Raleigh nc for me anyway. I will tell you the Verizon towers are down or something because my phone can't keep data for anything.

enthuz says:

Yes, Verizon reported the outage a little after 2 PM. Some cell services have been coming back online slowly for other carriers.

jediman says:

Felt it here is Boston!
Thought I was getting sick and woozy when my chair started swaying.

TDWP_6661 says:

i was on when it happend in new jersey Lol

ScottJ says:

I felt nothing here in Seattle. Weird.

I work in uptown Manhattan and all my coworkers felt a small shake, followed by 12-15 seconds of serious enough movement to shake all the fluorescent fixtures.

Not saying it was that big... But completely out of the ordinary for us new yorkers.

1gridlok2 says:

getting complaints about service could we all look at alternative services, voip sms over wifi, should we trust these cell phone providers networks.

rpankoe says:

Wow.. Here I thought the ground was shaking because the HTC Merge was finally available on Verizon! ohh well..

rpankoe says:

.... It was either that or the HP Touchpad Fire Sale 2 started. I thought everyone was running to find the closest place to buy a Touchpad again!

MannyB says:

Felt it here in Washington, DC on the fourth floor of my apartment building. Nothing fell, just a bit of unnerving shaking. My ATT phone still works fine.

I work from home, but I decided to step outside for a minute. With everyone leaving work early, it looks like they have sequenced the traffic lights for an evacuation. Like others have said, we're just not used to that here.

orlanka says:

Will and Jada split up and all people can talk about is a silly little 5.8. What has happened to society? Will and Jada are no longer married! Why isn't this news every where?! Oh, and I think there's like a massive famine in Somalia or some place like that.

That report has been debunked by a press release from Will and Jada themselves.

akutch34 says:

I love in Baltimore, MD and we had some mild tremors but it definitely wasn't terrifying. Call service on 3G was unavailable on my boyfriends DX for about an hour. I put my TBolt on 4G and haven't had call or data problems at all.

akutch34 says:


You call that an earthquake?! That was a mere fart at the dinner table! Look at all you East Coasters scramble. I don't even see how this is even newsworthy.

Orion78 says:

So you want to make this an east vs west thing? Well us "eastcoasters" are not use to something like that. How the hell you expect them to act? Get over yourself. FYI I didn't feel any tremors but that's beside the point. Don't worry when the big one hits....I'll be sure to send you a postcard.

Definitely felt it here in Silver Spring, MD. I even saved a life - well, it was our beloved bamboo plant...My 4G service is fine tho (don't know about 3G). Only had a problem trying to reach my wife by cell, but connected when I called her cell from our landline.

UPDATE: Ok 3G is down, but my 4G is up

UPDATE 2: 3G is up

Tonio21 says:

It was kinda scary for me being it was the first time I was in an earthquake. Me and a co worker were at a resturant in gallery place in dc when it hit. We thought it was a train or a big truck until the resturant started shaking kinda violently.

nikkisharif says:

I felt it in Northeast Ohio. I work 3rd shift & I had just got in the bed when it started shaking...I thought I was daydreaming so I just closed my eyes & went to sleep!! lol

thegoob says:

I felt it here in johnstown pa, and quite frankly it scared the crap out of me. i never felt 1 before, my gram screamed, and i just sat here wondering what was going on, and i was on skype with a friend in virginia and i heard shaking and he said i think i have a earthquake, about 45 seconds after that i felt it.

It was hilarious watching the overreaction by the cable news networks from my office in SF.

It went a bit like this

NYC still standing after a moderate eartquake occured 400 miles away. Authorities have advised that all buildings be evacuated (which will probably cause more injuries than the quake itself).

Reports are coming in that the magnitude 5.8 eartquake in Virginia caused someone's pen to roll off their desk in 30 Rockerfeller Center.

No chance of tsunami from quake that happened 100 miles inland.

Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge still intact.

In other news:
There was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in Colorado last night, but it didn't happen in NYC or LA, so who really cares.

I'm waiting for the Federal stimulaus to be announced for "the earthquake ravaged region".

mychlan says:

In other news:
There was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in Colorado last night, but it didn't happen in NYC or LA, so who really cares.

Fly Over country -- no one( media) doesnt care...

rswilliams says:

I lived in the epicenter of the 94 Northridge quake. Nothing to see here move along.

xarophti says:

All you California folks, ok, we get it: you have earthquakes there. But, it's not about "my earthquake was bigger than your earthquake". 5.8 is considered significant. It would seem that the depth of the earthquake is what kept it from being particularly damaging at the surface. How far away it was felt is important data for the U.S. Geological Survey in their research into all earthquakes. This was WIDE.(felt it in Michigan, really? You should report on the USGS website. I'm not kidding.)