Earthquake Rattles Maryland

| July 16, 2010 | 5 Comments

A small (3.6 magnitude) earthquake was felt in Maryland this morning about 5:00am.  According to CBS News,

A minor, 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook Washington D.C.-area residents out of bed early Friday morning – a rare occurrence for the nation’s east coast dwellers.

CBS News staff in the Maryland suburb of Bethesda and the Virginia suburb of Arlington both reported feeling the tremor, which the U.S. Geological Survey said was centered 20 miles northwest of the nation’s capital in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, only surprised people being woken up at just past 5 a.m. Eastern time.

Lucille Baur, public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, said the department received a lot of calls from people wondering what had happened.

Baur said her husband woke up when the quake struck.

“At first he thought it was a big truck going through,” she said. “He felt the house shake and the windows rattle a little bit.”

The detailed information from the US Geological Survey can be found here. Did anyone feel it here in Anne Arundel County?  Several readers have contacted us saying they felt tremors.

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