Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 23, 2011

Residents feel ground move from Va. earthquake

J. Miles Layton
CNHI News Service

Fairmont, VA — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City, including Marion County.

John Williams of Highland Avenue was eating lunch when his house started shaking.

“The dishes in china cabinet started shaking and falling on the floor because the vibrations were so intense,” he said. “My wife (Carol) and I thought something had hit the side of the house. We went outside and saw all of our neighbors thinking the same thing.”

There was an large earthquake in Washington, DC Tuesday afternoon. Williams said homes around him appeared OK not any damage.

“We’re not sure whether this was an earthquake in our area or aftershocks from the DC area,” William said. “But whatever it was, it sure did rumble.”

Carolyn Orr was inside the office of the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church. 

“I felt a tremor inside the church — it felt like shaking underneath,” The secretary Tammy Brooks and I got fearful, so we decided to leave the church. When we got outside, a lot people on Highland Avenue were sharing their experiences about what happened. Everybody had felt something.”