August 23, 2011
Today, just before 2:00 PM, an earthquake struck the eastern seaboard of the United States (USA). The east coast earthquake was a 5.8 magnitude and residents of Virginia, where the earthquake was reported to be the most violent, claim to have had items falling off of shelves and pictures falling from the walls. The heart of the quake was in Virginia and sent shockwaves as far north as Boston, Massachusetts.
In Boston the earthquake was considerably less severe and felt as if someone was stomping very hard in a nearby room of area for 5-10 seconds. While there was very little shaking involved, the shock waves were certainly noticeable. Hundreds of people evacuated the US District Court in Boston and many more in the financial and seaport district where the risk of flooding and building damage is the highest. The Massachusetts State Police claimed to have received more than 40 phone calls immediately following the earthquake.
Scientists and officials share that the Cape Ann Earthquake of 1755 (with a magnitude of 6.0) was the last major earthquake to cause significant damage in New England.
No significant damage was reported in Boston.
At ScariestThing.com, we typically report on scary news and conspiracies, but we also keep up on unusual happenings and events in public places. The recent earthquake that happened in Virginia and extended up the coast to Boston was certainly rare. The last known sizable earthquake to happen in the region was more than 200 years ago.
Many skeptics are considering whether this could be the beginning of the end of the world. Since the Mayan calendar ends in December of 2011, those who believe in possibility of the upcoming apocalypse are questioning whether this earthquake is the beginning of the end. The Maya calendar does not go beyond 2011.