Charles Village residents and workers poured into the streets Tuesday afternoon as a 5.9 earthquake sent tremors up and down the East coast. Felt in New York City and as far south as North Carolina, for many this was a once in a lifetime encounter with Mother Nature.
“I always wanted to go to California and now I don’t have to,” said Chris Goosemog, an employee of Bank of America, who declared his first experience in an earthquake as “awesome.”
Others weren’t as fascinated by the quake, “I thought somebody was moving something and then it got gradually worse,” said one lady nervously awaiting instructions to reenter her workplace.
Striking on the same day that a 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Colorado for 30 seconds, the U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake as having originated in Northern Virginia just 83 miles southwest of the nation’s capitol.
“I don’t call this a full earthquake – these were tremors. I lived in Northern California and I know you don’t run outside because of a falling building and trees. I was telling people to get in doorways,” said Alma Roberts, director of Baltimore Healthy Start, who also felt the activity on Charles Street.
Motorists also felt the impact, though AFRO employee Marquis Goodwin, who was returning from lunch, said she didn’t think it was an earthquake at first.
“We were on Howard Street and close by the light rail and I didn’t think anything of it until I saw people buildings,” she said.
An earthquake, or a shifting in the earth’s tectonic plates, is a natural way for the earth to release pressure. Running 3.7 miles into the ground, the earthquake felt in Baltimore is one of thousands that occur every day across the globe.
According to the Geological Survey, Maryland’s last quake occurred on July 16, 2010 and had a magnitude of 3.6.
AFRO Staff Writer Gregory Dale contributed to this story.