My First Time Wasn’t As Glamorous As I Hoped, but At Least I Felt Something

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A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia a few minutes ago, and aftershocks were felt all over the East Coast, from Maryland to Massachusetts, including New York City. And you thought you were safe moving to the northeast… there’s a first time for everything!

In case you grew up here your entire lives and are confused by this whole phenomenon, here’s a little educational video for you:

Update, 3:20 PM: Not to be upstaged by the scores of NYC responses to the earthquake (mainly on Twitter), Columbia Facilities’ Joe Ienuso sent out the following email to reassure any shellshocked Columbians still in the city this summer.

Dear Columbia Community,

The U.S. Geological Survey reports an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 centered in northern Virginia that has been felt here in New York City, including on Columbia’s campuses. Public Safety and Facilities are checking all University buildings and there has been no reported damage. We believe that those who prudently self-evacuated can safely re-enter their buildings and continue normal operations if they have not already done so.

We will provide updates of any new information on the University homepage,


Joe Ienuso
Executive Vice President for Columbia University Facilities

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  1. Anonymous  

    I felt it!!! woooo

  2. Anonymous

    bollingers behind this too!

  3. hahahahahahaha  

    post title. love ya bwog

  4. Anonymous  

    I was in the computer lab, and at first I thought my legs were shaking cause I was cold. But then I looked up at the ceiling and saw things shaking and was like "WTF!?"

  5. Anonymous



    There's also a hurricane (or its remnants, at least) aiming to hit us on Sunday.

    An earthquake and a hurricane in the same week = proof positive of the rapture.


  7. I imagine that I must have been

    ...the only person on the eastern seaboard not to feel the damn thing. I was peeing at the time—maybe that's why.

  8. Anonymous  

    felt dat shet in rugglz

  9. Anonymous

    Anyone notice the grammar error in the text message (affects vs effects)?

  10. Tags misspelling

    It's "occurrences", not "occurances".

  11. only slightly applicable quotes

    We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
    -Margaret Mead

  12. virginian

    although I admire the alliteration, it started in Virginia, a little further south than you reported

  13. Person In The Know

    Staff members were sent an e-mail (about an hour and a half after the fact), suggesting those who "prudently self-evacuated" to return back to work if they hadn't already.

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