Overheard on CNN.com: I felt it, too!
People across the East Coast shared their earthquake experiences.
August 23rd, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: I felt it, too!

Comment of the day:

“Harold Camping, take me with you!” –sbp

Thousands share their quake experience

Less than an hour after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near Washington, more than 10,000 people all over the East Coast posted comments on CNN.com. From Virginia to New York, to Toronto, Canada, the mild quake was far reaching prompting people to share their experiences.

Chazbow_DePew said, “People in central PA felt the quake.”

C Castine said, “I’m in the Pittsburgh area. The ground swayed for about 12 seconds. I’ve been living here 25 years and my parents have been here for most of their 55 years and this has never happened. Interested to learn more about this, especially after reading a similar sized quake hit southern Colorado this morning.”

Kim G said, “Felt it in Columbus, OH!”

Kim said, “We even felt it here at work in downtown Toronto.”

ME said, “Here in NYC, my whole desk was shaking. At first I just thought it was me and I was tired or dizzy. Then I composed myself and realized it was still shaking. Weird... I never felt an earthquake before.”

stephen merrick said, “Felt it in Kearny, NJ...thought I was imagining it...guess not.”

johann1965 said, “Madison, WI felt it.”

Erin and Angie said, “We felt a shake in the heart of West Virginia.”

Jen said, “Whole building shook in Greenville South Carolina.”

George said, “FELT IN LONG ISLAND, NY! CRAZY!”

Eun said, “We felt in Chapel Hill, NC. That was weird.”

Don Rouleau said, “I live in the Lower Laurentians of Québec, Canada 45 miles north of Montreal and we felt a very good jolt for about 2 minutes here. Everything in the house was moving.”

Gail said, “Ithaca, NY...Building shook on East Hill, Cornell University.”

Chris said, “My dad has been using the threat of earthquakes to get me to move from Southern California back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Guess that argument is null. He just called to let me know everybody was safe.”

Swolfe said, “It shook our house in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.”

Abby said, “I'm 11 and I live in Raleigh North Carolina my home and school just felt the quake. I was sitting at home and suddenly everything started to vibrate. I was freaked out even though it was just a tiny little tremor. I told my dad then called my mom who said that the same thing had just happened at our school!”

Conor said, “Felt it all the way in New Jersey. Creepy.”

Steve B said, “Felt it here in Baltimore... whole apartment building rocked and rolled, windows rattled, and I immediately knew what it was. Lasted perhaps 15-20 seconds... no damage noted...”

Franko Semanko said, “I'm working on the computer, the twins are in the living room, and then I felt the shaking, thinking it was just something else. As I watch the TV go back and forth, I second guess, is this an earthquake? Cornelius, NC- just a few miles north of Charlotte, NC.”

Dave from Huntersville responded, “Was wondering why some things were shaking ever so slightly in the house. I’m probably five miles from you.”

Lorena said, “In NYC on the 24th floor of a building and the entire floor shook....It was crazy and bought back memories of 9/11. I was sick to my stomach.”

Marta said, “Earthquake felt in RI. Friends and family felt it in Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and the State house was evacuated.”

Jenny said, “We felt it strongly in Alexandria, VA! The walls shook and the chairs in my office were bumping around along the floor. Our building briefly evacuated, but now it's business as usual.”

Chris said, “I live in Norfolk, VA in a high-rise apartment building. Shortly before 2 pm, I felt something strange happen, not quite a shaking but suddenly my wood furniture creaked, the plaster in the walls made noises, and I felt a force of some kind move through the apartment. I went out onto my balcony to look around outside, and others were out looking around, too. The thought of an earthquake ran through my mind but everything looked normal outside.”

See iReporters pictures and videos of the quake

View the Open Story: East Coast Earthquake

Charges against Strauss-Kahn dropped

Jeffrey Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, says that the dismissal of the Strauss-Kahn case leaves one question: What really happened? And he says it’s unlikely we’ll ever know. The dismissal he says explains that our legal system isn’t about “truth” as much as proof.

CNN.com readers had harsh words for both the housekeeper and Strauss-Kahn.

Deniselle said, “I believe she's a gold-digger and has done a great dis-service to other women who are true victims.”

Pierce said, “There is a problem in our country where a woman can accuse you of rape and lie about it, ruin your life and when she is found to be lying nothing happens to her. Like they say, there is nothing worse than a woman's scorn. Women are more ruthless than men.”

YummyYemmy responded, “There is no proof that this woman lied.”

Patricia2009 said, “I can't believe Cyrus Vance brought this case to trial. Let's see, she called her boyfriend in prison (where calls are taped) to tell him in effect that she hit the jackpot as the defendant is rich. Didn't she say to him, 'don't worry, I know what I'm doing. This guy is rich.' She said that she was once gang-raped in her country, but that turned out to be a lie. This has nothing to do with race. It has a lot to do with her lack of character.”

ugadog86 said, “Where does DSK go to get his job and reputation back?”

maruf82 said, “It’s a shame how rich powerful politicians can get away with such crime. No one needs to explain all the physical and medical evidence and the haste with which DSK fled. This guy already has a history too. Utter disgrace of the judicial system.”

ozziem said, “At a minimum, it seems, Strauss-Kahn behaved like a cad and a creep, but that is a moral, not legal, judgment. Mr. Toobin is correct that we will probably never know the truth, or at least facts, of the matter. Is it so that the accuser is lying? Possibly. Is it also true as Domique Strauss-Kahn contends that what happened was ‘consensual?’ Also possibly so. What we do know, for certain, is that Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a trash bag.”

burmafrd said, “This dirt bag had previous examples of sexual predatory actions which was why he was arrested in the first place; his previous history. Something that a lot of the media did not exactly mention; just like Toobin did not. This scum bag has been getting away with things for a long time.”

Other readers said they were discouraged about the U.S. justice system.

tms420 said, “Just shows you how another thing in this country is broken. Let’s see: the economy, the government and the justice system have all been corrupted by money and greed. Wonder who was paid off.”

Spaceman77 said, "’If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.’ That wouldn't be the case if the suspect was not a powerful, rich and well connected man...”

jmp38 said, “This case provides a very disheartening view of our legal system. As an attorney, I think that the prosecutor's office should determine the merits of the case based on the credibility of the victim's account of the alleged assault, not on her overall credibility as a witness. This sounds to me like the district attorney's staff is too lazy or too stupid to put together a decent case and let the jury decide what the truth is, which is the way the system should work.”

Laughing in the face of a death threat

David Letterman spent a portion of his show making jokes about the death threat posed against him by a jihadist website that urged its American followers to kill the comedian. While the FBI is taking the threat seriously, Letterman is using it for new material.

Mainly CNN.com readers applauded his efforts and made their own wise cracks.

madhatter91 said, “Normally I don't [care] about him, but I've got to say, kudos Letterman for taking it in stride.”

AL00002002 responded, “We're laughing about this because it's funny, but it's also unsettling to think that there's people out there (i.e. practitioners of the religion of peace) that think they can make death threats and intimidate people whenever someone offends the ‘peaceful’ nature of the religion or 'profit.”

henshinagogo said, “Arab-American here. Was proud to see David stand up and laugh this off. We Muslims tolerate idiots such as this Jihadist no differently than how Americans tolerate their own born citizens who commit a crime (i.e we do not!). Race, religion, color has nothing to do with it. A wrong is a wrong. My friends and I love Letterman and love his sense of humor. Trust me, we joke about these terrorists, too.”

RUjokingIam said, “Top Ten Ways Terrorists will Kill David Letterman: 10. Watching reruns of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ 9. Hunting Trip with Dick Cheney 8. Exploding Cigar. 7. Send assassins to the ‘love nest.’ 6. Make him repeat old Top Ten lists. 5. Cast him in a new sitcom with Charlie Sheen. 4. A wardrobe malfunction involving Viagra & his zipper. 3. Forces him to sit through Larry King’s act. 2. Kidnap him, then tell him not to worry because: ‘President Bachman’s on the case!’ 1. New Executive Producer: Jay Leno.”

nightowl79 said, “Good job, Dave. It's time to stop cowering in the face of these threats and to stand up for your selves. How long is America going to huddle in a corner fearing these extremists?”

DAZYCUTTER4U said, “How many Jihadists does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, they prefer living in the dark. Why did the Jihadist cross the road? To plant an IED on the other side. Come on. You all can do much better than me. Post a few.”

butterwise responder, “Him: ‘Honey, you must practice Islam.’ Her: ‘Why do you say that?’ Him: ‘Because you're Jihadist thing I've ever seen!’"

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    I'm interupting, sorry-
    I'm back at work now.
    I had a Dr's appt. today.
    They took mucho blood! (Vampires, I swear!)
    Carry on.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpw

      Just felt a small aftershock wave @ 8:05PM in Richmond, Va which lasted 5 seconds.....

      August 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amar Ghimire

    I work in a broadcasting company in Manhattan, NY. We are at the top floor of 41 storied building. For a moment I felt I was dizzying but after few seconds when most of other coworkers started sharing their experiences we then suddenly rushed to the street. The building was voluntarily almost evacuated.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I reacted with humor hearing and reading about the reactions of people to the event on the East coast today. What I did NOT hear or read were any instructions on HOW TO DEAL with such an event. So for those who would like to be prepared please allow me to provide some.

      These are based upon what I did and which actually worked for me for 15 seconds at 5:04 p.m. on 10/17/89. This was during a Richter 7.1, which released over 33 times the amount of energy of the 5.9 event today.

      The procedure that I used, that worked very well for me, and that I would highly recommend to others, is to run, walk or crawl to the nearest bathroom. Sit down under the door frame, grab the frame and hold on to it as tightly as you can until the shaking stops.

      What is especially good about this, and can help you survive, is that if you end up having the need to use the facility, you won't have to go very far to sit on it.

      Please don't send this to every one you know. :>))

      August 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Interrupting again:
    Idiots for first husbands is almost a requirement anymore...we get it right the second time around. 😉

    August 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ahhhh, Your 3 little jewels, and yes that is the way to do it... we all have to kiss some frogs before we find a prince, or in your case a princess...
    I had a little one myself, but she passed away at 19 months, she had cerebral palsy.
    I do have a cat named (kumo) that's one of 3 j-panese scales.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    Ya he is grown on his 3rd college degree that we paid for the first two hopefully 3rd times a charm

    August 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    oh and to add to that, I finally figured out that God wants me to himself, cause I'm *special* He He 🙂
    It's a curse I have, only God can see my beauty, opps actually a blessing I guess , right ? Yeah a blessing 🙂
    HUG to God..

    August 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Pretty soon parents will *not * be able to put their kids thru college and by the year 2040 ... we will only have enough for Medicare , something, and *some* SS all other branches of the Government will be permantely out of buisness

    August 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the prophet

    My predictions came true like I had noted on this CNN blog that towards the end of August we will have earthquakes, next the yellow stone national park will erupt violently, in less then 30 day 3/4 of the world will be dark the soon will not shine. The atmosphere will be full of carbon monoxide there will not be any oxygen left ,...the end is clear.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tic Tac Dumb

      @ The Prophet: I'm not that lucky. I hope we're both wrong, but if I'm right then I hope you are too.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Checkmate

    So now what? BTW I only began to turn on you when you turned on me. You drew first blood and I'm the one with an intact soul while you will never have one. You could kill me easily, but I feel you're only allowed to attack me verbally and psychologically. The only time physical violence can be used is if I use it first. So not only are you a paper tiger, but you're also a coward. I'm in this for the long haul too.. 😉

    August 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Oh JAZZZZZ i am soooo soooo sorry i will include both of you and her daddy in my prayers tonight as i am sitting here with tears in my eyes

    August 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Gee, gung hoe...thanks but I'm fine and that was back in 95', her daddy I haven't seen since but once just recently and unfortunately he looks as thou he needs you to pray for him more than me. But thanks all the same. 🙂 Gotta go, night

    August 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Well jazzzzz see he does want you but im sure he has enough love for BANASY AND HOPEFULLY MYSELF as i sure do try to do his work here as i am a lay minister as a hobby

    August 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Nice to finally be able to talk to the one and only jazzzz Good night little lady

    August 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @gung hoe:

    You're a lay minister?
    Wow.
    I know God in his infinite wisdom loves us.
    I've never had any doubts about that at all.

    Goodnight, Jazz.
    Stay away from Ouija Boards...they can open a doorway sometimes...

    August 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    I did feel the earthquake and I live in N.Y.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
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