Posts Tagged ‘Earthquake’

A Year After Real Quake, D.C. to Participate in a Fake One

A year after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that gave most of us something to talk about that weekend and the city's monument workers an enormous headache, Washingtonians can take solace in one thing: We're No. 1!
Last year's earthquake was the largest quake to ever hit the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, according to [...]

District Line Daily: Earthquake, a Year Later

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One year ago today, Washingtonians learned what an earthquake felt like. And today you can [...]

The Needle: Who You Calling Chicken? Edition

When Is A Truck Not Just A Truck?: When it's run by Chick-fil-A. The Southern fried chicken company with a cult following and a legacy of opposing gay marriage and catering to evangelical Christians plans to start up a mobile poultry operation here in D.C. That gave both people who love its chicken and people [...]

The Needle: Veterans Day Edition

#1 In Your Hearts, #9:30 In Your Programs: Touring bands always give a shout-out to the 9:30 Club when they play there, and even if some of the real legend behind the brand was forged at 930 F Street NW instead of 815 V Street, you get the sense they really mean it. Apparently, Billboard [...]

The Needle: Magic Statehood Bus Edition

Statehood Rides the Bus: Hot on the heels commissioning of pro-statehood TV spots that only ran on the D.C. government's cable Channel 16, District patriots today rolled out pro-statehood advertisements that will run on...the sides of Metrobuses. That surely guarantees more viewers than tune in to watch old mayoral press conferences, but, especially with bus [...]

Post Board Wants Regional Authority To Handle Emergencies

Looks like "sit tight during an emergency" wasn't good enough advice for the Post's editorial board, who criticized emergency preparedness in the Washington region and called for a regional emergency authority body.
The mayor has the authority to order an evacuation from the city, but beyond that there is no single entity with authority to advise [...]

The Needle: Wrath of God Edition

Look Out Below: When Michele Bachmann (a House member from Minnesota, currently pretending that she's got some chance of being elected president of the entire United States) said the recent earthquake and hurricane in D.C. were an indication God wanted Congress to cut spending, it was easy to laugh. Today's accident at the Washington National [...]

The Needle: Sea Foam Edition

The Newspaper Rent Is Too Damn High: From Rockville to Arlington, from Fairfax to Southern Maryland, the Washington Post has offices around the region to cover the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Now all but two of them—in state capitals Richmond and Annapolis—will soon be a thing of the past. Post management won't renew their existing [...]

The Needle: It’s Electric Edition

Power Strictly Optional: The world finally has the answer to the question of "what's more devastating, tropical storms or blizzards?" Irene left hundreds of thousands of people without power by Monday, two days after passing through the mid-Atlantic—more, apparently, than the Snowmageddon did a few years ago. But the weather since the storm has been [...]

The Needle: Aftershocks Edition

Geology Rocks: A day after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake generously described by anyone on the West Coast as "moderate," things aren't quite back to normal around here. The Washington Monument was closed, DCPS was closed, and the panic that an impending visit from Hurricane Irene would have ordinarily generated in the local media was entirely [...]

D.C. Pandas Don’t Care About Earthquakes

Thanks to the District's excessive use of social media, we've pretty much heard how every person here (or the entire East Coast) reacted to the earthquake yesterday. Thanks to the National Zoo, we now know how the animals in captivity weathered the 30 seconds of terror.
The Zoo staff released a list of some of the [...]

The Needle: Still Quaking Edition

I Feel The Earth Move: Last summer, the D.C. area shook through a 3.6 magnitude earthquake. 2010: Consider yourself topped. A 5.8 magnitude quake centered 87 miles away (near Mineral, Va.) and about 4 miles underground rumbled this afternoon, forcing buildings to be evacuated, damaging some facilities, and generally freaking everyone the fuck out. The [...]

The Best And Worst Earthquake Jokes

Today's 5.8 magnitude earthquake left a lot of D.C. shaken—but not as shaken as the jokes that flooded Twitter immediately afterwards left us. Here, Washington City Paper ranks earthquake humor on a scale from 0 to 5.8.
1.2: "Maybe the #DebtCeiling finally collapsed #DCQuake #BreakingNews" (@ShepardSmithFox)
1.3: "in recent news, the #DCquake has been upgraded, much to the chagrin of [...]

Earthquake: What’s Closed?

A not-quite-comprehensive list of closings, postponements, cancellations, etc., after today's 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

Wilson Building evacuated, not reopened by 3 p.m.—many District government employees don't think they'll be let back to work before end of day.
MLK Library, most other D.C. public libraries closed.
D.C. courts closed.
George Mason University evacuated buildings.
Massachusetts Avenue entrance to Union Station on Metro's [...]

Yes, That Was An Earthquake

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in central Virginia just shook the District. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter of the quake was 87 miles from D.C. Here at the Washington City Paper building in Adams Morgan, there was at least 30 seconds of sustained, loud shaking, heavy enough to knock some stuff from shelves [...]