August 23, 2011 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #598861HachamMember
First time I’ve ever felt an earthquake. About 20 minutes ago. Lasted for almost a minute. It was felt across the East Coast. The Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated in Washington.August 23, 2011 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #801321aries2756Participant
I felt it in the Five TownsAugust 23, 2011 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm #801322a maminParticipant
This is truly frightening!!!!August 23, 2011 6:27 pm at 6:27 pm #801323
Actually in entire east coast of U.S. of American Lands.
Just wondering, is there a Brocha to say upon this rare occasion? If so can we still recite it?August 23, 2011 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #801324
was centered in virginiaAugust 23, 2011 6:29 pm at 6:29 pm #801325TheGoqParticipant
Silly 80 don’t you know everything is centered in Brooklyn! (tongue placed firmly in cheek)August 23, 2011 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #801326
there is a Brocha
the same as for hearing thiunder
oseh maaseh braishis
i imagine its too late to say it now
if the earthquake is mild its probably a problem to say it even during the quake bbecause it might be a big truck rumbling by or something else that causes the ground to vibrateAugust 23, 2011 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #801327HachamMember
Was felt in Toronto and other parts of Canada too.August 23, 2011 6:36 pm at 6:36 pm #801328
Thanks 80. You felt it too? And I thought CR Moderators’ Control Bunker was in a Earthquake-proof Chamber.August 23, 2011 6:36 pm at 6:36 pm #801329kylbdnrMember
Did anyone in boro park feel it? I didn’t…but my phone’s not working and neither is anyone else’s phone around me.August 23, 2011 6:37 pm at 6:37 pm #801330
you are correct
no i didnt feel it
our sensors picked it upAugust 23, 2011 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #801332TheGoqParticipant
On a more serious note i hope all Cr members and all Yidden were unhurt by this event, either physically, financially or otherwise.August 23, 2011 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm #801333
I was shaken to the core!August 23, 2011 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #801334Sam2Participant
I’ll look it up later, but I would think logically that an earthquake is Shekocho Ugvuraso Malei Olam. And you have to say it within Toch K’dei Dibor (1.5-4 seconds) of when you stop feeling the earthquake.August 23, 2011 6:45 pm at 6:45 pm #801335Putting my two cents inMember
First time for me too! My office chair began moving and it felt weird. I know it’s on wheels, but it was moving and I wasn’t. Then the window treatments were moving and I thought it’s a breeze. Then the foundation of the building was shaking–and only then it occurred to me that this might be an earthquake! Just as soon as I realized what’s going on, the quake stopped. Thankfully nothing happened and I hope that no one else who experienced this sustained any injuries or damage.
Whew… I’m relieved!!August 23, 2011 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm #801337Queen BeeMember
I’m lame, I didn’t feel it…August 23, 2011 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm #801338
did not feel a thing here.August 23, 2011 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm #801339happy faceMember
From a huge snowstorm, to a surprising earthquake, and soon a possible hurricane. Lots of extreme weather in NY this year!! What’s next??August 23, 2011 6:55 pm at 6:55 pm #801340oyveykidsthesedaysMember
I felt it in Philadelphia.August 23, 2011 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #801341Boro Park GirlMember
Two sefarim fell out of our sefarim shank!! Our house was shaking and we all ran out to the street. It was terrifying!!!!!!!!!August 23, 2011 7:10 pm at 7:10 pm #801342ootinnyMember
wow boro park girl that does sound terrifying. my office was shaking but it was only bec i had gotten up to go buy a snackAugust 23, 2011 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm #801344
rabbi Wallerstein would for sure say that. but watch hes going to have a really interesting spin on it. hes just one great guy.August 23, 2011 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #801345kylbdnrMember
people say that before the time of moshiach, the weather will be very unexpected.August 23, 2011 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm #801346YehudahTzviParticipant
Interesting that it was centered near Washington DC and was felt all the way up to Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing. I’m just sayin’.August 23, 2011 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #801347happy faceMember
yeh,YehudahTzvi, it’s a message for Obama that he should get back to work cuz America really needs him!!(yeh Right!!)August 23, 2011 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm #801348
yes this world is for sure falling apart at the seams. i feel like there isnt going to be anyone left soon here. its freakyAugust 23, 2011 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm #801349oomisParticipant
Yehudah Tzvi, I think you might be onto something…I do not believe in coincidence only co-incidents.
When the tremor hit, I actually thought for a moment that I was chalilah possibly having a stroke, as everything started to move from side to side. I felt dizzy for about ten seconds, and then it eased up. I don’t ever recall such a thing happening before.August 23, 2011 8:10 pm at 8:10 pm #801350ootinnyMember
y is the president on vacation can i askAugust 23, 2011 8:10 pm at 8:10 pm #801351Sam2Participant
On the Bracha: See Orach Chayim 227:1 where the Shulchan Aruch states that either “Oseh Ma’aseh B’reishis” or “Shekocho Ugvuraso Malei Olam” is acceptable. Based on the Mishnah B’rurah’s logic in S”K 5 there (by thunder and lightning) I would personally say “Shekocho” on an earthquake but either one is completely acceptable.August 23, 2011 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #801352HaLeiViParticipant
Yeah. They were aiming at Wall Street.August 23, 2011 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #801353ronrsrMember
earthquakes are not rare events. they happen many times every day somewhere.August 23, 2011 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #801354YW Moderator-42Moderator
happy face, don’t forget the tornado last erev Yom Kippur!August 23, 2011 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #801355chofetzchaimMemberAugust 23, 2011 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #801356chofetzchaimMember
Of course the first thing to do when you feel an earthquake in 2011 is to tweet “OMG an earthquake! Did you feel it?”August 23, 2011 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm #801357cherrybimParticipant
“the same as for hearing thiunder oseh maaseh braishis”
The bracha for hearing thunder is Sh’kocho Ug’vuraso Malei Olam.August 23, 2011 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #801358
thanks for the correctionAugust 23, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm #801359squeakParticipant
Chofetzchaim: i read the article you pointed to and immediately felt like i was reading something straight out of my spam folder. Indeed, that is not far from the truth.
Because you said tzorech iyyun, i did the requisite due diligence and felt there is good reason to discredit the advice of “Doug Copp”. A simple search will reveal the American Red Cross response to his method, as well as a snopes article attacking the man#s credibility and character. Suffice it to say that it would be far better to follow the advice of accredited safety organizations over that of a self proclaimed expert.
Bottom line is the best advice is to crawl under something that will protect your head from falling objects, and hold on to it. Lying down in open space seems not.to be a good idea.August 23, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm #801360brotherofursParticipant
i didnt feel it 🙁August 23, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm #801361deiyezoogerMember
I didn’t feel a thing but my wife (Rockland) reported that the house was shaking and thing fell off the furniture. My mother in Brooklyn says it sounded like someone was banging on her door.August 23, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm #801362walton157Member
Also felt in Ohio and up to Rhode Island. Some people at work felt it, others didn’t. I guess it depends where the fault line is.
Very scary as it lasted longer that the earthquakes in ’85, ’87 and ’02. Yes, January 2002.August 23, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm #801363squeakParticipant
To the mod who changed the title of this thread to read “Earthquake in Brooklyn! (and surrounding out-of-town places)”:
If I may, I’d like to contribute one criticism and that is that I think it is a mistake to say that OOT places are “surrounding”. Nit shaiyach that OOT could be neighbors with the s’vivah of Brooklyn!August 24, 2011 4:07 am at 4:07 am #801364
Reporting second hand from Boro Park where effects were very much felt.
My son was in the bakery and felt the shaking so that at 9 this evening was still feeling dizzy. This was his second experience, the first being while living in Yerushalayim.
One of the grandchildren came home saying they were on the rooftop playgroung and felt the shaking so that the whole building was quickly evacuated.
My mother’s nurse said she woke up because her bed was shaking so, she thought she was dreaming at first.August 24, 2011 4:42 am at 4:42 am #801365ronrsrMember
IN summary, the best interview I heard on the radio said, “it was exciting, everyone should experience an earthquake once in their life, but once is it.”
No one was hurt, no serious damage. You would consider it fun if it happened at an amusement park.August 24, 2011 5:18 am at 5:18 am #801366yankdownunderMember
Has anyone heard why the Quake occurred? Interesting it was not in the Pacific Ring of Fire area.August 24, 2011 8:27 am at 8:27 am #801367Ragachovers AssistantMember
Someone wrote above,”Two sefarim fell out of our sefarim shank!!” I am very curious to know the names of the two seforim?August 24, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am #801368Moshiach please comeMember
A) I want to know the 2 seforim that fell out of the seforim shelf.
B) there must have been a kapara for us already that this earth quake was not as bad as it should have been…. Yehuda kletzky alov hasholom was killed this time last month.
C) it’s almost chodesh Elul, DO TESHUVA!!!
The earth is shaking so I think we should shake more and WAKE UP!!!!
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