5.8 magnitude Virginia earthquake stuns Northeast U.S. – strongest quake in 114 years

August 23, 2011MINERAL, Va. (AP) — One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded on the East Coast shook buildings and rattled nerves from South Carolina to New England on Tuesday and forced the evacuations of parts of the Capitol, White House and Pentagon. Skyscrapers swayed in New York, and frightened workers spilled into the streets. The National Cathedral in Washington said its central tower and three of its four corner spires were damaged. There were no immediate reports of deaths, but fire officials in Washington said there were at least some injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered magnitude 5.8 and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va. The White House said advisers told President Barack Obama there have been no reports of major damage to the nation’s infrastructure, including airports and nuclear facilities. Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station, in the same county as the epicenter, were automatically taken off line by safety systems, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The earthquake came less than three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and in both Washington and New York it immediately triggered fears of something more sinister than a natural disaster. At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built until the building itself was shaking, and people ran into the corridors of the complex. The shaking continued there, to shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!” The Park Service closed all monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and ceiling tiles fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington. All flights there were put on hold. In lower Manhattan, the 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan, blocks from ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks, began swaying, and hundreds of people streamed out of the building. The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was in a meeting with top deputies planning security for the upcoming anniversary when the shaking started. Workers in the Empire State Building spilled into the streets, some having descended dozens of flights of stairs. –Yahoo News

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50 Responses to 5.8 magnitude Virginia earthquake stuns Northeast U.S. – strongest quake in 114 years

    • nitewarlok says:

      doggone interesting.i sure hope He returns before we are all flattened like pancakes lol just make sure you flip me over so im done on both sides lol my prayers truly go out to those who do not understand.hope His HOLY SPIRIT is with them all.


  1. Reynaldo Chavez says:

    this was my first ever earthquake experience, did the solar wind from the sun a few days ago have to do with this earthquake, and/or cell phones not working for a period of time?


    • Reynaldo Chavez says:

      oh and btw im buying your book in the coming days, also got some of my friends to consider buying it too…. thanks for all the info you provide us alvin!


      • Reynaldo, you’re welcome my friend. You find it loaded with a lot of pertinent information that makes following the blog that more enjoyable. I appreciate your support and comments.

        Thanks and God bless,


    • No to both. I think everything was shaken in the tulmult, including building and cell phone towers. Mobile Cell service is unsually the first thing to go in an major earthquake. Faults in the U.S. are waking up.


      • Me says:

        It’s my understanding that cell service was interrupted due to EXTREMELY heavy call volume following the quake. not from any damage to cell towers. Gosh, we have that happen here in Norman, OK on football game days… can’t get cell service cuz our town grows twice it’s size. at kickoff, everyone seems to want to be on the phone with someone. oh, and tornado threats, ya can’t get reliable cell service if a tornado warning goes out. and i don’t think it’s the storm, it’s people calling other people!!


  2. Susan Mullen says:

    According to some news I saw, the quake was only 1 KM deep. I believe this is a “shallow” quake, and shallow quakes are often felt more strongly.


    • It’s registering at 6 km, but they could always change and sometimes the first estimates are always wrong. An aftershock occurred that was less than 1 km….but you right, the shallower the quake, the most damage it can cause.


  3. David says:

    Well remember when I said I would start to worry when the USA starts getting earthquakes 5.0 or higher that time has arrived,just think if this would have happened along the new madrid all sand,the ground would have liquified and would have been very serious. The next one or more will be much more serious.Alvin what are youre thoughts on this and Colarado are they conected?


    • They are only connected by the fact that they both represent the same phenomena- dormant fault activitation as the planet gradiant rises and magmatic forces expand and as the planet’s magnetic field continues to degrade. We have to remember Colorado has a very violent geological past. The state had a eruption that made even Yellowstone look small. The LaGarita caldera in Colorado is said to have blown ash and tephra as far away as the Caribbean in a super-massive eruption.


  4. carolyn says:

    I was at the beach in Belmar, NJ, lying on the sand. It felt like a huge truck had just rumbled by. I sat up, and a nearby woman in a chair said how striking it was that as she was sitting there talking to her friend, at the exact same instant as far as the eye could see, hundreds and hundreds of sunbathers sat up from their towels looking around.

    Many mothers were alarmed, children were all over the beach and in the water, and nobody knew where the quake was centered. Cell phones were not working and it was about 15 minutes until people started to report that it was on land in Va. Meanwhile the lifeguards reassured the people that NJ has a seismic warning system out in the ocean and if there was a tsunami there would be warnings. ( there are no sirens, but perhaps it would go to the firehouse and police?). I was a bit nervous and waiting to see if the water receeded at all, before we found out the EQ location, and wondering if I was an idiot to not run to my car immediately.

    We are doomer-preppers at home and could live for many months after a crisis, but I was not well prepared to spend even one night comfortably in my car if I had needed to. That will change!


  5. Blaze says:

    I was right in the middle of it..30 miles from the epicenter. The epicenter was in Mineral, VA. There is the North Anna Nuclear Plant located there. It has be shut down for inspection. Very Scary here today…In my office people hid under their desks or ran outside. Very scary.


    • It’s amazing how frightening it can become when it hits so close to home. You’re right, the forces of nature are so powerful and can overwhelm our defenses in an instant. Glad to hear you’re okay…

      Best wishes,


      • Blaze says:


        Thank you for your comment. Yes, we see all these things happening everywhere else and it affects us, but not in the way it does when it is right in your face. I can only guess at the fear that the Japanese experienced or the people in Joplin or for that matter the people in Libya and in the middle east. It hurts my heart to think of people in fear and suffering.

        All the best.



      • Vivian NAUD says:

        Alvin and all the Children of God in this blog, I am sorry to hear that many of you were briefly caught in the line of fire in and around the USA this time. . However, I am glad to hear that you are all well. Pls remain Rightious, watch and pray without ceasing.
        Alvin,Keep up the Good work and Remain Blessed. Vivian


      • Thank you Vivian for both the support and the very timely spiritual admonition. It means a lot…

        Grace in Christ,


      • Vivian NAUD says:

        What is happening over there is more spiritual than physical. it is similiar to what is going on around the world. what you feel now and would continue to feel for a while is the battle between good and evil. FYI the denouncement of God on earth especially in the USA has reached a Climax. God has heard enough of the claims that he does not exist by Satanist, Atheists, Secret cults etc. Many of whom have their Head office or Branch now in the USA. So God has sent in his Ach Angels to Locate and arrest all the Fallen ones, Agents of Satan and all those who defile the USA. so that the people would dwell in peace and choose how best to serve Almighty God. God does not need to prove anything to any man or spirits but however and claims plus counter claims by many False Messiah and False Prophets all residing now in the USA Claiming to be/from God or Christ and thus responsible for what is happening around the world is also scaring and confusing the people of God; thus, the Ach- angel of God also has the mandate from God to locate and Arrest all the False Messaih and False Prophets spreading lies, Rumors confusion and fears in USA and stop them work imediately. Note: The comand is operation sweep and sanitize the entire world. No Nation is exempt! Buckle your belts, the real WWF is on. Sorry to admit it but the rumbling, shaking and etc dissasters would only Quite down only when the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven!
        Stay calm, practice rightiouseness and Remain faithful to Almighty God.
        For the Souls of the Elects of the Almighty God would not be harmed


  6. David says:

    As of 3:45 PST here are the current USGS quake lists for both areas:


    MAP 2.2 2011/08/23 19:20:26 37.911 -78.004 0.1 13 km ( 8 mi) S of Louisa, VA
    MAP 2.8 2011/08/23 18:46:50 37.931 -77.935 0.1 9 km ( 5 mi) SSW of Mineral, VA
    MAP 5.8 2011/08/23 17:51:04 37.936 -77.933 6.0 8 km ( 5 mi) SSW of Mineral, VA


    MAP 3.9 2011/08/23 14:11:13 37.032 -104.690 5.0 14 km ( 9 mi) SSW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 2.6 2011/08/23 12:03:56 37.055 -104.761 5.0 16 km ( 10 mi) SW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 2.1 2011/08/23 10:40:09 37.556 -105.031 5.0 6 km ( 4 mi) NNW of La Veta, CO
    MAP 2.3 2011/08/23 10:29:32 37.149 -104.608 4.7 1 km ( 1 mi) ENE of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 3.2 2011/08/23 09:37:57 37.099 -104.711 5.0 9 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 2.5 2011/08/23 09:32:22 37.248 -104.705 5.0 14 km ( 9 mi) NNW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 3.8 2011/08/23 07:17:58 37.099 -104.610 4.8 5 km ( 3 mi) S of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 3.2 2011/08/23 07:01:35 37.109 -104.550 5.0 2 km ( 2 mi) WSW of Starkville, CO
    MAP 3.5 2011/08/23 06:56:59 37.110 -104.722 5.0 10 km ( 6 mi) WSW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 5.3 2011/08/23 05:46:19 37.070 -104.700 4.0 11 km ( 7 mi) SW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 3.0 2011/08/23 02:48:52 37.056 -104.726 5.0 13 km ( 8 mi) SW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 4.6 2011/08/22 23:30:20 37.050 -104.774 5.0 17 km ( 11 mi) SW of Cokedale, CO
    MAP 2.9 2011/08/22 13:52:34 37.094 -104.709 5.0 10 km ( 6 mi) SW of Cokedale, CO

    While Colordo’s list is growing (still nothing under a 2.1), Virginia remains oddly quiet. Although, on GEE there is definate noise…..we shall see!


    • My guess is the Virginia quake has torn a new gash along that fault – this may not be the last time she makes news. Thanks for the list,



      • David says:

        I`M pretty sure you are going to be correct, hope this woke some people up to start to prepare, this was quite exciting for my family and myself to feel what an earthquake feels like, by the way I have been prepared for a few years now, it`s going to get real interesting real soon, take care and get ready.


  7. Dennis E. says:

    I was in Kinston NC, and the computer moniter and table/building slightly shooked about 10 seconds. I’ve never been aware that I might had been in a EQ until today.
    Thank God it was no worst than what it was.


  8. Golfdad641 says:

    I was surprised to see this happening in Colorado and Virginia since there wasn’t much seismic activity in these area like you see in on the West Coast. I wonder what is in store or what is in God’s plan for this area.


  9. jennifer says:

    I did’nt feel a thing here in Oshawa, Ontario and neither did my co-workers. When I heard about it on the radio, I called home, and my mom did’nt feel a thing,(in north oshawa) neither did my dad at work in the south end.

    One of my co-workers called home and her kids felt it in Newtonville, which is only about 20 mintues away from where I was. They said the whole couch was moving.


  10. Dennis E. says:

    in the past 2 hours there has been a 2.2 and a 2.8 after shock.


  11. I live in Richwood WV and felt the chair I was setting in sway from side to side.

    Earthquakes in diverse places…come quickly Lord Jesus!

    Hope everyone is safe and God Bless each and every one of you.



  12. I live in North Central Ohio. I was sitting at my computer when my chair started rocking back and forth, like sitting in a chair an uneven leg. I glanced up and saw my little purse, which is hanging on a hook, swinging. Then I glanced up at the chandelier above me and it was swaying. That’s when I realized what was happening, even before I went on the USGS site. Now I’ve been through tornadoes, lightening storms, and 3-day blizzards. But nothing is as disconcerting as having the ground beneath me moving. The funny part is, my cats slept right through it and I’m the one who freaked.

    And like Carolyn, I try to be a prepper too, especially during the blizzard months, but I’m not as prepared as I need to be, especially for the winter months. We ran low on food due to lack of work, but is was great having food during the hard months. Now will go back to restock my supplies.

    Finally, as exciting or frightening (depending on one’s point of view) the earthquake was, I am praying it is not taking people’s attention away from a very dangerous hurricane heading for the mid to upper East Coast. Now, more than ever, these people need to know what to do.

    Be blessed everyone



    • Art says:

      Get ready the party just started, if you guys and girls think a 5.8 is bad you have not seen anything yet try a 6.4 or a 7.8 and have to listen to mother earth making frightning noises as the earth is shaking. I pray to god that whatever is going to come let it be quick and short.


      • I must say it was a bit unnerving but fascinating. I am at peace though and prepared. I have faith in an Almighty God and His Son Jesus.

        And yes, I realize that those who live in California are laughing at us just like we laugh at their fears of tornadoes. We each need to be prepared, not only for those natural disasters we are used to living with but sometimes with those we have never dealt with. Unfortunately I have to agree, the party is just starting. I believe things will get much worse.

        Be blessed and Maranatha


  13. Dennis E. says:

    In the past hour of 8:00Pm EST there was 4.2 aftershock (USGS). Third reported after shock by them,


  14. mel says:

    Coming from southern CA, we’re pretty apathetic about earthquakes for the most part (last large one, they paused the ball game to the cheer of the crowd) – but, I do understand it was probably a bit of a shock for that region – can be pretty frightful for someone who has never felt one before (my boyfriend grew up in germany, and is pretty unnerved by the idea of the ground moving lol). And, judging by all the masonry in the street, buildings there clearly aren’t reinforced for seismic activity. Me, I’m much more intimidated by the idea of a hurricanes and tornadoes.


  15. Marie says:

    Scary experience. Wonder if any more big ones will hit here in Virginia. The only other earthquake I’ve experienced was a 4.8 or so in 2003, that was centered in Columbia, VA, just 40-50 miles west of where I lived at the time. This one in Mineral was approximately the same distance from where I live now. But it didn’t feel any stronger to me, for some reason. I was shocked when checking the news to find out it was a 5.9 and had been felt up and down the East Coast.


  16. lauraliz710 says:

    I just want to say thank you so much for your posts and to everyone for their comments. I learn so much from this blog, and have learned so much from your book as well. I live close to the epicenter, and I thought my house was falling apart today because I was home alone and didn’t automatically think “earthquake” when I heard the loud noise and felt the walls shaking. I was SO THANKFUL for the internet though because I got all the info quickly and I knew that you would post even more information here. 🙂 I am not looking forward to the day when we can no longer rely on electronic forms of communication. I think these recent earthquakes may be related to the heightened solar activity.


    • Lauraliz710

      How wonderful of you to make your presence known and felt. Glad to hear you’re okay in respect to this event and I’m thrilled to hear you have gleaned new insights from the book. Thank you for your support.

      God bless,


  17. Melissa says:

    Oki Alvin and EP family! I hope this post finds everyone well and safe and comforted by the love of friends, family and creatures!
    Last night my little grandson kept running in circles over and over. His behavior reminded me of how animals act before earthquakes and other natural phenomena, so I laughed and asked him if an earthquake was coming because he couldn’t seem to stop himself from running around and around. He looked me in the eye and told me “yes, Grandma”. Then today the quake was felt all around our area and friends were calling to tell about what they experienced. I was very interested to hear
    this because we have had many “earthquakes” where I live due to the collapse of the AKZO-Nobel Retsof mine, and my daughter and I would always know a day before that one would occur.
    I am glad to see the EQ prediction gene has been passed to the next generation of our Blackfoot family! LOL!
    Alvin, I am enjoying your book immensely, and am in awe of the incredible amount of information you have gathered and compiled and transmitted to us in such an understandable and interesting matter. You have such a gift for decoding difficult scientific AND spiritual concepts and making them intelligible for the reader. I treasure the physical connection to you, my brother, as I hold your work in my hands and marvel at the effort and love that you and the Creator have gifted to those whose awareness have brought them to you. Thank you for caring so deeply about the people of the world, and trying to inform us of the magnitude of the times we are living in.
    Es-cog-gaie (til we meet again). Melissa


    • Funny, I was just thinking abut you yesterday…and now, the fragrant gift of presence. Thank you and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the read. I treasure the connection as well, as will I always…

      bountiful blessings and peace,


  18. rita says:

    I was in a building about 80 years old near Philadelphia. Victorian type of house and on the second floor. I felt the floor shaking under my feet and in the kitchen adjacent, i heard the ceiling fan rattling and appliances moving around. It was about 20 seconds. I realized it was an earthquake – not sure why. But didn’t know its origins. Never felt fear. Actually, i was quite pleased to finally experience one. And i could feel the general energy around me as feeling ‘charged’.


  19. Golfdad641 says:

    East vs. West quakes: Way different creatures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The East Coast doesn’t get earthquakes often but when they do strike, there’s a whole lot more shaking going on. The ground in the East is older, colder and more intact than the West Coast or the famous Pacific Ring of Fire. So East Coast quakes rattle an area up to 10 times larger than a similar-sized West Coast temblor.

    “They tend to be more bang for the buck as far as shaking goes,” said Virginia Tech geology professor James Spotila.

    Tuesday’s 5.8-magnitude quake was centered in Virginia and was felt up and down the Eastern seaboard for more than 1,000 miles. There hasn’t been a quake that large on the East Coast since 1944 in New York.

    While this was a rarity for the East, a 5.8 quake isn’t unusual for California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, where one occurs about once a year. Those states have had 103 quakes 5.8 or bigger since 1900, compared to now two in the East.

    Read More at: http://news.yahoo.com/east-vs-west-quakes-way-different-creatures-004717502.html


  20. Gen says:

    I can see and feel the shock and disbelief. Take care everyone.

    As a BARE MINIMUM get those 72 hour kits in place. If there is a lack of funds get the most important first. This link seems to be very thorough and covers a wide range.


    I felt the NSW aussie Newcastle and Cessnock quakes back in 1989 and 1994. Also one in Picton about 30-40 years ago. Really disorients one, especially if it wakes you up.

    God be with you.


  21. David says:

    It was felt in 22 states ! Google it !


  22. Pagan says:

    One day in the very near future we are going to wake up to the news & be witness to a million or more souls killed in a single massive event. This event will be so horrific, so life changing for Mankind that it will be utterly incomprehensible to those that are unaware of the changes that are upon us. In no way am I being flippant about Japan or this latest quake in the US or floods & storms anywhere else but these events will be mere childs play compared to what is on the horizon, headed straight at us.

    Something is building, something so obviously awful that it renders my heart in two knowing. I just wish that more people would find Peace with their God whoever or whatever He/She/It is & with themselves & with each other instead of tearing each other’s throats out over territories, religion, resources & all the other things that countries & governments fight with each other over. What will they do when the centre collapses & dosent hold anymore? When there is no more food & viable drinking water anymore? When billions of people are diseased & displaced? It breaks my heart, it really does & I feel useless & bound that I can do nothing but advise where I can to people that have opened their eyes & minds. I pray to my Mother for guidance & the strength to endure the trials that I am shortly to endure.

    Blessings, Peace & Love


    • nitewarlok says:

      how do you think our Father in Heaven feels.i do not know his mind but from reading scripture i know he isnt just angry.he loves us but i know he is also sad because we turn away from him and we will not acknowledge him or his son.to be left with no choice but to destroy a beautiful garden you made for your children that you love more than anything because they became willful,spoiled,murderers etc etc to even walk among your own children only to be murdered by the ones you cherish.hes angry but ill bet you hes sad as well and ill venture to say that his heart weeps as does our kings heart even tho we deserve everything that is coming.forgive me kind people but i truly believe this to be the truth.we did it to ourselves.weve had 2000 years to change Gods mind thru prayer thru change of heart.we chose not to listen not to care.peace and love,,we chose argument and war.may His Holy Spirit find all those who are lost.


      • Pagan says:

        Peace nitewarlok my Brother. You have your commendable Faith & Beliefs as I have mine. All Gods shall be as One in the End.



      • nitewarlok says:

        again i apologise Pagan,,i mean absolutely no disrespect to anyone,,the caring and decency on this site that i have found thru Alvin being led here by His hand and Will is the only place i have to express the depth of my sadness and hurt for our race to what we have done,,noone cares,noone wishes to hear,noone wishes to learn,,except here,,the way i express things are never correct,,but my intentions are always ever with peace and with all the love i have in me,,again iam very sorry to have offended you.the Lords Blessings to you.


  23. Gen says:

    Pagan, I am feeling what you are feeling and agree.

    I have to wonder whether the corner Libya has now turned and these two unexpected quakes in the US are but a sign of the next path we are about to go down.


    • Pagan says:

      I’m wondering the same thing Gen, there seems to be a definite upswing in events, alot of civil unrest & the Earth is shivering frequently at the moment. I had the movie 2012 on in my study whilst working at my PC this afternoon & one line slammed out at me from it & is still resounding at me..when the father & kids go into Yellowstone looking for the lake & come across the barricades – the boy Noah says “Can’t you see the signs?” Still can’t get it out of my head & I’ve watched that movie numerous times before.



  24. kristoffer says:

    this is crazy sh*$, I fear that a bigger one will occur. this can maybe be a foreshock, a foreshock is an earthquake who is slightly smaller than the main quake who happens after the foreshock, but this is very unusual for the east coast, and it is very far away from the tectonic plate boundary who goes out in the atlantic ocean, right in the middle of atlantic ocean. I think the west coast of u.s is prepared for earthquakes, because it is usual that it happens there, since the TPB(tectonic plate boundary) goes right outside the coast there. I hope this don’t happen on the other side of the other side of the TPB. I live right over the other side, I live in Nortwest-Europe(Norway)


  25. Gen says:

    Our channel 7 6pm news did not even mention the Virginia quake. A 5.8 quake felt by that many people! Channel 10 11pm news did. “US had two earthquakes today, one in New York and one in Washington DC”!!!!!!!!!! (so they didn’t have one in Colorado). Unbelievable.

    Maybe tomorrow when they have some footage of rubble to show it will be news worthy.

    What would we do without Alvin. I dread the day when the internet goes down.


  26. NickK0 says:

    “Our channel 7 6pm news did not even mention the Virginia quake.”
    Because everyone already knew about it, duh. 😛

    ( Just like they are keeping us informed of the ongoing Leakages in Fukushima, and the Gulf of Mexico, etc.)

    – Nick


  27. (K.E.) Emami says:

    1619/786 It is all about 114. A message was decoded in the United States on January 5, 1974. The message is mathematically coded with 19 as its common denominator. The number of chapters in this message is 114, 19 x 6. The 5.8 magnitude that happened in Virginia was the strongest earthquake in 114 years! Nobody talks about the 5.3 magnitude that happened on August 22nd. That was the strongest earthquake since the 5.7 magnitude in 1973. 2011 – 1973 is 38 and 38 is 19 x 2. The local time of the 5.3 in Colorado was 11:46:19. The Book has 114 chapters, the last chapter has 6 verses, and 19 is its mathematical code. The Book is, without a doubt, a revelation from the Lord of the universe! It contains all the information, it is the sealed book prophesized in Isiah 29:11. Who but GOD can give such an accurate specification such as 114,6,19? Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe!


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