(UPDATED) DC quake, Largest Colo. quake since 1973 shakes homes

One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded on the East Coast shook buildings and rattled nerves from South Carolina to New England on Tuesday and forced the evacuations of parts of the Capitol, White House and Pentagon. A 5.9 quake rocked the eastern seaboard of the US today in a shallow quake that was felt from Atlanta to Martha's Vineyard. Its epicenter was near our nation's capitol in Washington DC (nearby VA). Some of the astounding Drudge headlines are:

Pentagon, Capitol evacuated...
Shakes Manhattan...
Felt from Toronto to Atlanta...
Epicenter VA...
Felt In Chicago...
Airports Closed...
Nuke Plant Shuts Down...
VIDEO: Vacant White House Shakes...
Stones fall off National Cathedral...

Quake rocks Washington area, felt on East Coast
"A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from South Carolina to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing. ... The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep and centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Charleston, S.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in the same county as the epicenter were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake, said Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission."

There was a large quake in Colorado too this morning. Where the quake was in Colorado is considered nearly aseismic. See following article. HMMMM...

Irish Weather Online explains:
"The 5.3 magnitude quake, the largest in Colorado since 1967, struck on the edge of the Rio Grande National Forest on the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains at 11:46 PM local time (06:46 GMT)."

"The epicentre was located 15 km (9 miles) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado; 33 km (20 miles) NW of Raton, New Mexico; 54 km (33 miles) S of Walsenburg, Colorado; and 290 km (180 miles) S of the Colorado State capital Denver. It struck about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS)."

"The USGS estimated that several dozen people living in the area may have felt ‘very strong’ shaking, while more than 700 people were estimated to having perceived strong shaking. In addition, the USGS estimated that some 27,000 people may have felt light to moderate shaking. A dispatcher for the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office said a number of homes in Segundo had been damaged, but said there were no injuries. She also said there had been a rockslide on Highway 12."

"Monday’s earthquake in Colorado was the largest in the state since a 5.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Denver on August 9, 1967. There was also an event in May 1973 which registered as 5.7 on the Richter scale, but the USGS said this was caused by an explosion and not an earthquake."

"According to the USGS, Colorado is considered a region of minor earthquake activity, although there are many uncertainties because of the very short time period for which historical data is available. The northwestern and southwestern corners, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the south-central section of the state, have had no activity in historic times. Eastern Colorado is nearly aseismic with respect to large earthquake."

Successive quakes in that area have continued since the 5.3 quake-.


Is the LORD getting ready to judge the world? Yes. When will that judgment come? We don't know. What we do know is that the church won't be here to experience it (we are not appointed to wrath 1 Thess 5:9). However, we see the prophetic indicators forming for ready fulfillment, including one that Jesus said will happen in the Tribulation: "There will be earthquakes in diverse places." (Mt 24:7). What should a person's response be? Confess and repent. This goes for the lost as well as the brethren. Make sure, brothers and sisters, that you confess your sins to Jesus and stand before Him clean. Not that you can lose your salvation, but a close walk with Him without sins in your way means peace and abundant fruit bearing, something the world needs now. (Romans 13:12). It also means your prayers will be more effective. (James 5:16). If you are lost, confess your sins to Jesus and ask Him to forgive them. He will. And you shall be saved from His wrath soon to be unleashed upon the rebellious and unsaved world.


  1. EASTERN Colorado is considered nearly aseismic, not "Colorado". Check out these maps from the USGS - earthquakes are quite common from the Front Range (Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo) west to the Utah border. Several earthquakes have happened this year. I check the earthquake page EVERY day, have for several years, and believe me, I notice when Colorado comes up on the list! Also Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. It's been a busy year for those 4 states so far this year!

    http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_c0005igu_h.html (this is just the area where they are happening today)

    http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/rad/rml/energyfuels/preap/07docs/07earthquake.pdf (very interesting map, detailing known earthquakes 3.9 - 5.5 from 1960-2006 and known fault lines in Colorado, plus possible sites of historic quakes)

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/imw/imw_rito_seco/ (this one is about the Sangre de Cristo fault line, which is 300 km long. Check out where the quakes in Chihuahua, Mexico (there was another one just last week http://www.quaketracker.com/magnitude-3-2-earthquake-chihuahua-mexico-2/ ) have been happening, draw a line north and voila!, you run into the Sangre de Crist fault line. Some scientists think that the Rio Grande River valley is a rift valley forming. The Rio Grande begins in Colorado, altho not in the Sangre de Cristo mountains (blood of Christ mountains) which are just north and east of the Rio Grande.
    http://cires.colorado.edu/science/groups/sheehan/projects/riogrande/faq/ .)
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/colorado/seismicity.php (this one shows all of the quakes from 1990-2006 - note that there are a few quakes in the eastern part of the state, too. On my computer, the circle colors almost match exactly the background map, so look carefully - there are dozens!)

    Colorado also has quite a volcanic history, much of which happened in an area not far from where today's quakes are happening (New Mexico also had volcanic activity in that area.)
    The geology of Colorado is quite interesting (gold rush, siver mining, Garden of the Gods, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Great Sand Dunes NP and so much, much more!) - plus lots to learn about in the rest of the Western half of the US.

  2. And now today the Quake in Virginia-- we felt it here in Pittsbugh. My house was trembling, and stuff was shaking. Seriously lasted over thirty seconds, at least....

  3. Strong quake just hit DC, Philadelphia, NYC - felt all the way to Marth'a Vineyard. Pentagon, Captial, bldgs in Manhattan evacuated.

  4. Thank you for posting about this, I was hoping you would! I really enjoy your Biblical insights on the world we're living in. Your blog is a consistent reminder that we cannot put off sharing Christ until tomorrow, there are too many souls in danger of being lost today! Christ's return is imminent.

  5. Hi Lydia,

    Thank you so much for sharing that. That IS the intent of every keystroke of the keyboard. Share Jesus, live for Jesus, and keep looking up! That is the message in every blog entry, and will continue to so until the moment we hear the trumpet!

  6. A newscaster made a comment about the DC quake that since there was no real damage every thing has gone back to "normal". One newscaster who experienced it was even talking about the earthquake excitedly like something cool had happened. It will be nothing more than one of many topics on facebook, twitter posts and water coolers around America. I know this is an understatement but the world is going to get blindsided by the coming time of Judgement.

  7. Anonymous,

    That is an interesting observation about how quickly they go back to normal. And I could not agree more about them being blindsided on The Day.

  8. 3 out of the 4 spires fell of the national church in DC. I think that is significant.

    I wonder if the CO quake is related to increased activity in the Yellowstone caldera?


  9. Hi JC-Denver,

    I don't know, good question. I do know that there is increased activity in CO

    here is the USGS link to 'recent activity'. It shows a list of global quakes larger than 2.5 around the world.

    here is a link to a map showing the CO quakes. I think they are not too close to Yellowstone, though

  10. The distance between Trinidad, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming is 724 road miles (and a few miles farther between where the CO quakes happened and Yellowstone). It takes a minimum of 12 hours to drive it. No, it's not close. The area where the CO is having this swarm often has quakes, usually rather small ones, but here is an interesting list of 4&5 pointers.
    "Earthquake activity:
    Cokedale-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Colorado state average. It is 123% greater than the overall U.S. average.

    On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 17.5 miles away from Cokedale center

    On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 16.0 miles away from the city center

    On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 0.2 miles away from the city center

    On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 23.7 miles away from Cokedale center

    On 8/1/2004 at 06:50:47, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 32.6 miles away from the city center

    On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 17.3 miles away from Cokedale center
    Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Cokedale-Colorado.html#ixzz1VwuW5lCm "

    Here is a map that includes this area, plus all of New Mexico and the earthquake history for JUST 2010. "During January 1 - December 31, 2010, 325 earthquakes occurred in New Mexico and the surrounding regions..." http://www.ees.nmt.edu/outside/Geop/NMTSO/press_releases.html

    I do find it interesting that even though the quakes in that area have been happening for a number of years, pre-dating this by 'forever', Trinidad, a small city not very far from there, is the former 'capital' of sex-change surgery. If a man wants to "become a woman", or vice-versa, Trinidad is still the place. More than a little disgusting, although the town is rather pretty. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/07/sunday/main4423154.shtml

    This area is important to me personaly because way back when, my grandmother eloped with my grandfather to Raton, just over the Colorado border into New Mexico, and 9 months later my mother was born. Unfortunately, the marriage only last a year, but I have a special place in my heart for the area none-the-less!


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