A 3.6 earthquake woke me up on Friday at 0504. It was pretty much like a large train going by the house. The shaking here lasted about 5 – 10 seconds, with the underlying acoustic vibration lasting another 20 seconds or so. Nothing moved or broke. It was nothing like the 7.1 I experienced some years ago in CA, but according to the report at FoxNews, this was the largest earthquake to hit so close to DC since the USGS started keeping records.
The USGS keeps records online. The report on the 3.6 can be found here. Folks who so desire can also make a report here on the “Did you feel it?” link. The questionaire collects enough data to make an assessment of the quake on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) Scale. This one rated at a III via the questionaire, which felt about right.
Of course, the joke around here is that someone simply dropped a copy of the abominable Obamacare law. That would do it. The 8.1 will hit when folks finally realize the cost/lack-of-benefit ratio.