Baltimore Earthquake...Where Were You?

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Baltimore Earthquake...Where Were You?  

An email from my best friend  this afternoon said:

"Hope you weren't shaken up too much by that earthquake!.....



...Guess you don't have to wonder what to blog about today!"


My reply...You got that right.

It was a beautiful August day, low humidity, bright blue sky, a breeze blowing and it was 1:50 PM.  Lee was getting out of the back seat of the car for a 2:00 appointment at Franklin Square hospital. The bouncing was much more than usual…when I looked back, he was already out of the car but the bouncing continued…more like a bucking motion. I thought it was some kind of engine problem.  But then I looked up and saw the hospital’s fixed curved roof awning moving with the same force!

                                                        Franklin Square Awning

That’s when the words,  ‘Oh Spit',  came out of my mouth along with, "We are having an earthquake!"

Within moments the hospital doors opened and people started pouring out..looking around with fear and concern. Almost everyone, including me, was trying to use the cell phone. There was no calls could go through. Immediately turned the radio on and heard that we had been hit with a 5.9 Quake!

                          Baltimore Earthquake...Where Were You?






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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I survived the earthquake in SF in '89.. Glad to hear that everyone seems to be intact! 

Aug 23, 2011 03:47 PM #4
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I did not feel it at all - whereas my wife did! May be, I am little thick-skinned...

And, you were right there, Margaret. It's very very rare on east coast.

Aug 23, 2011 04:05 PM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Margaret...

Some people say that they felt it here in GA, but I didn't notice anything. I hope that everyone is all right in your neck pf the woods.

Aug 23, 2011 04:40 PM #6
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I was at the Pennsville Library and the floor felt like it was bouncing up and down like a trampoline.  Such a strange feeling.

Glad you're ok, Margaret. 

Aug 23, 2011 04:40 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


It's ccertainly been interesting to watch all this from California. But a 5.9 is pretty significant, even by CA standards, and given folks back there are simply not used to them nor are the buildings built to withstand earthquakes it makes one pretty squirrely. I ahev to laugh, sort of, at my east coast friends who say they would never live in CA becuase of the earthquakes. Hmmm. Me thinks no one is immune.

Glad you are safe and it seems that there was no significant damage or injury.


Aug 23, 2011 04:48 PM #8
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

This is my 3rd earthquake.  I was in the home arts building at the Maryland State Fair grounds working in amongst all the quilts.  Someone yelled earthquake and get out of the building.  My 13 year old sent me a text message, he was at home with Skip.  It was pretty scary for a lot of people. 

Aug 23, 2011 04:54 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

"Oh, spit!" Glad you're ok, Margaret! :)

Aug 23, 2011 04:54 PM #10
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA -

5.9 is a nice sized earthquake. I am really glad you and yours and other east coast people came through okay. Here in California we get a little less shaken up by it because subconsciously we are always expecting them

Aug 23, 2011 07:06 PM #11
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Definitely a memorable experience.  We did not feel it in Florida but saw it on the news, and on Facebook as people were reporting "feeling the earth move under their feet"  Glad you are alright, and everyo9ne is OK- an unusual event for sure onthe east coast.

Aug 23, 2011 11:04 PM #12
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Sitting in my office on the third floor right in front of a huge window. No idea what it was for a while.

Aug 24, 2011 12:33 AM #13
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Oh Spit...that is a good one!  I was home in front of my laptop when the feeds came through on facebook from people in NJ, then I went to the news, pannicked, texted the boys, they said they did not feel it!  Glad everyone is okay, I do wonder about future structural issues.

Aug 24, 2011 02:44 AM #14
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

See how much fun that was? Much better than hurricanes and tornadoes coming through every year, which is one reason why I moved from Texas to San Diego.

Happy Day!

Aug 24, 2011 05:30 AM #15
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

I was at my home office on the phone with one of my clients who's looking for a 2nd home in Maine. I hung up when the house started to shake and then called him back and told him to check in at home. His family was still home in Virginia. It's a day no one will forget.

Aug 24, 2011 06:51 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margaret- Looks like South Florida has dodged the hurricane bullet this time and glad that damage so far looks pretty limited from the earthquake. And one other thing.....


Congratulations on passing 800K!
(came over thanks to Craig Snead) 

Aug 24, 2011 08:52 AM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Richard,  Bad transmission is an even better explanation.

Lynda, Definitely rare on the east coast.

Sonya, Glad you have not had the pleasure.

Joan, Thanks and me too.

Praful, Much more aware being outside...with the car bouncing and the roof moving. There was no question what it was!

Richard, Thanks.

Chris, It was a strange feeling.

Jeff, I was thinking about all of you west coasters when the earth shook!

Laura, Thanks for stopping by.

June, I saw some very upset and scared folks.

Maya, With you on the west is just a pretty normal occurance...not here.

Allison, We were all very fortunate.

Ellie, It is not our usual Baltimore happening.

Christine, There will be damage for sure...and we won't know about for awhile.

Russel, When we went into the hospital, there was a little boy about 6 yrs old and I said, "Hey, wasn't that fun?"  He did not think so.Thought it was very scary.

Alan,  Hope you blogged about it.

Aug 24, 2011 09:00 AM #18
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Margaret, I am so glad nothing happened to you! I was having lunch here with a girlfriend when her daughter called from North Carolina about it. Then I read Lenn's post. Amazing!

Aug 24, 2011 09:26 AM #19
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Connie, It was pretty amazing being in the car bouncing and watching a roof awning bouncing also.


Aug 24, 2011 11:02 AM #20
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Margret - what a scary experience - we felt the earthquake all the way up in NJ, so I can't imagine what is was like for you. BTW - I read Craig's post and he sent me over so I could congratulate you on reaching 800K points - WOW!

Aug 24, 2011 03:08 PM #21


We've known each other 2 months (!!) shy of 40 years.

And never have I ever known the words "Oh Spit!" to come out of your mouth.

Probably one of those little white lies I decided against employing when you taught me about them?




Aug 25, 2011 02:07 AM #22
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy, Thanks for letting me know.


Kristine, Thanks for alerting me to Craig's post. I would have missed it!  Another member milestone -- Margaret Rome crosses over 800,000 points

Erica, You have never heard me say "Oh spit" in almost 40 years..wonder why it came out of my mouth on Tuesday.


Aug 25, 2011 11:49 AM #23
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