Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
All is well in Massapequa following the biggest earthquake to hit the eastern seaboard in 114 years. According to village officials, there were no reported major injuries or damages in the village, a condition that appears to be generally true for the other parts of the United States and Canada, whose residents felt the tremor on Tuesday afternoon.
The quake, whose epicenter was the small town of Mineral, VA, registered 5.8 on the Richter scale, making it the most powerful one in the state since a 1897 quake, which registered the same total. The 1897 quake originated in Giles County, VA, an area in the southwestern part of the commonwealth, not far from Mineral, itself a town 40 miles northwest of Richmond. The 2011 quake took place along the Spotsylvania fault line.
According to published reports, the tremors were felt as far south as Ocala, Florida, as far north as Quebec City, Quebec, and as far west as Illinois, affecting for some long seconds, tens of millions of people.
Also according to published reports, the quake caused up to $100 million in damages, mostly to the exterior of certain buildings. Once the quake hit, certain precautions took place. There were evacuations of such famous buildings as the White House, the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and the Pentagon. A number of buildings in Manhattan were also evacuated.
In addition, there were flight delays at several airports: Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, both in Washington, DC, Philadelphia International Airport, Newark International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, plus train service at Pennsylvania Station. There were however, no delays at LaGuardia International Airport and save for some nervous moments, no delays in everyday life in Massapequa.
-By Joe Scotchie