5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Washington, DC, President Barack Obama Playing Golf at the Time at Martha’s Vineyard (Update: 5.9 Earthquake)


A 5.8, Reuters is reporting a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, has rocked Washington, DC and the East Coast.  According to ABC News, the earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, VA, shook much of Washington, DC, and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. The epicenter of the earthquake is being reported to have been in Mineral, VA.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County

You are never going to guess what the President was doing when the earthquake hit … PLAYING GOLF OF COURSE.

UPDATE I: FOX News reporting that JFK International Airport has been shut down. Federal buildings in DC, Pentagon and Capitol have been evacuated. Obviously, there is a fear of aftershocks so authorities are not going to want people to go back into buildings or underground transit.

The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN’s Barbara Starr reports. “When the building began shaking rather violently, hundreds of people began streaming out,” she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack. Starr was standing in the Pentagon’s press office when the roof started to shake.

UPDATE II: Being reported that the quake was felt from New Hampshire to Atlanta.  Its now being called a 5.9 magnitude quake according to the USGS.

UPDATE III: Two nuclear power plants taken offline following quake. No reports of damage to the reactors, most likely a precautionary measure.

A nuclear power plant located in Louisa County, the epicenter of the earthquake in Virginia, has shut down.

The North Anna Power Station, operated by Dominion Power, has two reactors.  The plant declared an “unusual event” in the wake of the 5.9 magnitude quake, which is the lowest stage on the plant’s emergency scale.

UPDATE IV: Reagan National in Washington, DC is closed, flights are on hold.

I would say, if you do not need to be on your cell phones in the affected areas, please don’t. It would appear that there has been not that much structural damage and no reported deaths or serious injuries. Thank God, great news.

Brian in a Blue State

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    13 Responses to “5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Washington, DC, President Barack Obama Playing Golf at the Time at Martha’s Vineyard (Update: 5.9 Earthquake)”

    1. Bill B on August 23rd, 2011 12:41 pm

      I have heard people say they have felt them here in Columbus, Oh before but that was a first for me. That was an extremely weird feeling sitting here at my desk and it started moving. I bet it scared the bajeebaz out the people close to it over there in Virginia.

    2. Hart Williams on August 23rd, 2011 1:06 pm

      So, naturally, if the President HADN’T been playing golf — on a vacation — the earthquake never would have happened?

      Of all the pathetic attempts to smear the President, this has got to be the lamest one yet.

      Gee. You’d think you could find actual factual stuff to throw tantrums about. Guess not.
      SM: Nope, that’s not what is being implied at all … the point is that it is perfect symbolism. You do know what symbolism is, correct?

      Spare me ,,, Obama does a good enough job to smear himself, he does not need any help from anyone else. That is why his approval ratings are in the crapper. Instead of focusing on priorities … he plays golf … instead of showing the American people he is sacrificing like he tells others to do … he goes on vacation.

      This President is a clown and will go down to defeat in 2012 because he has shown all he is a joke.

    3. Eleanora on August 23rd, 2011 1:32 pm

      Oh well one president sits in a classroom looking like a flabbergasted chimp when planes fly into the twin towers and 3000 people die.

      The other President allegedly plays golf and lets his staff assess the gravity of the situation in VA. BTW how many dozens dead yet?
      Really? Really? Oh Eleanora, what planet do you reside on? It is the LEFT that went mental that GWB did not get up and jump around like his hair was on fire when he was told the news that a plane had flown into one of the Twin Towers. Sorry, can’t have it both ways, although you libs certainly try. Every VIDEO shows that W handled to situation and was composed so not to frighten the children.

      You really don’t have a clue, do you? Because Barack handled that oil spill so well in Louisiana. Thank God Obama was not in office during the 9-11 attacks, we would all be praying toward Mecca had he been.

    4. NG Boston on August 23rd, 2011 1:47 pm

      On Martha’s Vineyard, the reactions were more muted. President Obama was on the Farm Neck Golf course in Oak Bluffs when the quake struck. There was no report from the pool of reporters assigned to cover the president if the tremors affected his golf game.


    5. hope on August 23rd, 2011 1:54 pm

      Earth to Obama!


    6. Dan Tomkinson on August 23rd, 2011 2:00 pm

      2 plants taken off line due to loss of outside power reactors auto shutdown and coolant being run on 4 diesel generators.

      Both nuclear power plants are in Eric Cantor’s district.

      This is Kharmic, as Eric Cantor tried to cut funding and shut down the USGS. The only agency with tools and expertise in both tracking and predicting earthquakes. SO, it’s only fitting that an earthquake would hit his district and knock two nuclear power plants off-line.
      The taking off line is more procedural I would tend to think.

    7. Dan Tomkinson on August 23rd, 2011 2:13 pm

      No, it shut down automatically after losing power. It’s a built in safety feature.

      WSJ has a story on it

      SM: Ok, Gotcha. Sorry, what I meant was that there of a procedure in the sense of a safety feature that caused the shut down similar to what you have stated.

    8. Eleanora on August 23rd, 2011 2:44 pm

      @3bis Had this President been in charge back then Osama would have been dead by 2004 and many many American lives would have been spared.

      In stead we had to suffer an incompetent chimp with no vision but to do favors to his right-wing pals.

      Anyway normal order resumed it wasn’t a biggie in VA.
      SM You really do live in an alternate universe don’t you. Obama voted against the Bush surge when he was a Senator and it succeeded. So much that Obama did one of his own. Oh and how did they get the intel for the Bin Laden raid, waterboarding of course.

      Sorry, had Obama been President in 2001 we would all be in a world of hurt. How is that closing of GITMO going? How is that trial of KSM in a criminal court working out? Obama does not want to talk about the things he inherited like intel in the war on terror, only that what is negative. How typical.

      In any even, Obama going down like a sweet muffin in 2012.

    9. mc on August 23rd, 2011 3:03 pm

      5.9 magnitude earthquake near Richmond…something else for BHO to blame on Bush!

    10. super dave on August 23rd, 2011 3:29 pm

      Democrats, this is your sign. heed it’s warning !

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    12. Moi on August 24th, 2011 7:22 am

      I read on one site in the comments that the earthquake was actually our founding fathers turning over in their graves over the state of the union. Sadly…seems to be fitting.

      For the comment on GWB during 9.11, I was in Florida working in Tampa just north of where he was with those students. It was reported down there that he did not want to scare the students which I find honorable. Besides, one plane hit and there was not yet intelligence on exactly what was going on. When the 2nd plane hit, it was clear and he did excuse himself and left.

      They closed and evacuated down town Tampa that day. I remember leaving my place of work and having to drive past fully-armed SWAT teams since my place of business was across the street from the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Int’l Airport which was being guarded. Freaky time. Hell of a lot scarier than the shaking I felt in my house from that quake!!! which was kinda neat since we didn’t have any damage here.

    13. Moi on August 24th, 2011 7:23 am

      Oh..and I’m in south western VA near VA Tech.

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