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New York City Earthquake Update


Apparently there was an earthquake in DC this afternoon, and it was felt up in New York City and Boston. I was at a lunch meeting with a domain investor friend in town for Affiliate Summit, and we didn’t feel anything.

When I left the restaurant to walk home, I saw people on their cell phones and from their varying conversations, I was able to determine that people felt an earthquake in the city. It’s scary to try and use a phone and get the message that all circuits are busy.

This sounds crazy, but I’ve always been curious about what an earthquake feels like. Guess I missed my chance to know.  Maybe next week in San Francisco (just kidding… no earthquake please).

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Comments (18)

    Tim Smith

    Elliot, you’re in SF next week? Coming out for Dreamforce? Business or pleasure?

    August 23rd, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Tim

      We’re going out there on Thursday for a few days… not business related though.

      August 23rd, 2011 at 2:56 pm


    I’m in Ottawa, Canada and I felt something. Since no one else in my office said anything, I thought I was just having a dizzy spell/feeling light headed (even though I feel 100% healthy and fine)

    Then a few minutes later I hear there’s an earthquake in DC that was felt up and down the eastern seaboard (So I guess I’m not dying after all!)

    We had a similar sized earthquake here last year and our cell networks got overloaded pretty quick. It’s amazing how helpless you feel when you can even make a simple phone call

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:03 pm



    It feels like being light headed and losing your balance, while you’re sure you’re OK. A very strange feeling.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:32 pm


    BTW have a look at this 🙂

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:35 pm


    I was on a flt from LA to NYC and we were diverted to Buffalo until JFK reopens. Looks like the detour sets me back a couple hours but I won’t be late for our dinner, Elliot. 🙂

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Elliot Silver

    I wrote a note to Lisa to let her know I will make sure you stay safe in the big city.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:40 pm


    Felt the shock here in Toronto, Ontario as well. It lasted longer than the one from last year.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Kevin Davis

    We felt it here in Wilmington NC

    August 23rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    owen frager

    Stay off the Golden Gate Bridge. I crossed during an 8.0- that’s what you call a scary movie!

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm


    Are you worried about the hurricane? I think it’s going to hit north of you:

    Wouldn’t that be awful to have a hurricane and earthquake at the same time?

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Elliot Silver

    “Wouldn’t that be awful to have a hurricane and earthquake at the same time?”

    Well, the earthquake passed with no damage and the hurricane is days away. I am not too concerned about either.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm


    Hi, I meant @ Kevin Davis in NC. According to the weather channel, you’re right in the path of Irene:

    but my opinion is, it will hit north of you, more like Wilmington, Delaware . . . major flooding.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:35 pm


    @ owen, I thought, if you’re in a car, you don’t feel the earthquake. Was traffic at a standstill on the bridge?

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Steve M

    Felt it here in California as well.

    Wait a minuted. Looks like that was actually a rift in the Force.

    Darth, is that you playing games again?

    Drats! Where’s Skywalker when you need him?

    August 23rd, 2011 at 7:20 pm


    It was so crazy to have an earthquake on the east coast!! Thank goodness that damage was minimal!! While I was waiting for phone service to come back up, I flipped through NYMag and saw the site for City Maps in their approval matrix (under highbrow and brilliant). Checked it out and is actually is!!>City Maps ~ good thing to have access to in case of emergency, listing all of the contact #s, locations and everything else in the city!!

    August 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Billy Boi

    @Steve M

    Quit your day job you should not.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

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