On Tuesday, the weather outside was nothing more than perfect.
The sun was shining and a beautiful breeze whispering. While everyone was going about their daily business, whether it was working in an office building or running daily errands, Garden City felt its first
earthquake since 1966!
The 5.9 magnitude quake struck at 1:51 p.m. in Mineral, VA just west
of Richmond. This was the second most powerful earthquake in Virginia’s recorded history.
The waves spanned far and wide, with citizens feeling the tremors from Atlanta up to Boston and as far west and north as Indianapolis and Toronto.
In New York and Garden City, right here in our backyard, the tremors lasted about 10-12 seconds. Many buildings in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan were evacuated because of the risk of aftershocks.
People were standing in the middle of the streets just waiting for information. Thoughts of worry and concern filled the air. Phone service in many areas wasn't working.
Could it have been a terrorist attack near New York City? Was it an underground explosion? It was the second of two earthquakes that day, as southwest Colorado was hit with a 5.3 magnitude quake earlier that morning.
What were you thinking at 1:51 p.m. on that perfect summer day?