Maryland Earthquake Rattles Georgetown

This morning's earthquake, epicentered in Gaithersburg, MD, was even felt across Georgetown. Several residents were abuzz throughout the day on a local e-mail list, sharing their experience with the 3.6-magnitude shaker.

Like many who were awakened by the quake, Joan Kennan immediately thought something sinister was afoot. "I felt the room vibrate in an odd way, accompanied by a very deep rumbling noise," she said. "I thought that maybe there had been an explosion somewhere in the city, but when I did not hear any sirens after a while I began to think I had imagined it."

Some responded with impressive sangfroid. Traci Siegel said she realized the disturbance was an earthquake, but brushed it off as a dream and went back to sleep.

Ultimately, no damage was reported anywhere in the metropolitan area, even among the centuries-old structures scattered throughout Georgetown. Washington, it seems, dodged a bullet.

Now if we can just get San Francisco and Santiago to stop laughing their heads off.

What was your experience with this Washington rarity? Share it here.

Jul 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM O St

I could hear my china jingling. Scary!!!!

Jul 19, 2010 at 5:50 AM Tina Eddins

About 5:00 AM I awakened for no aparent reason. I could not fall back asleep. Suddenly the house shook along with a loud roaring sound (quite frightning). I thought a large truck was in the area or maybe a plane flying low, since I live near Andrews AFB, but there was no sound of either leaving the area. The event was quick, but very odd.

Jul 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM Amy Bogard

Strangest thing I've felt around here in a while!

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