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Yes, it was an earthquake

The US Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6 magnitude shaker at 5:04 a.m. EDT today, centered in the Gaithersburg area. That's pretty minor, but unusual for Maryland and quite enough to be felt across much of Central Maryland, as the map suggests.

UPDATE: Here is the current Sun story on the quake.

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I had this report this morning from Brian Heinz, in Columbia:

"I was sleeping and felt the bed shaking and felt as if the house was shaking as well.  When I came to, I looked at my Verizon cable box and the clock said 5:05. I immediately thought it was an earthquake or a plane going overhead, because of the noise.  I feel like the earthquake actually made noise or it was the house shaking.

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"I went back to bed and just woke up and checked the USGS earthquake map. An earthquake happened at 5:04 am in the Potomac/Shenandoah Region. AWESOME.

"Finally met one of my three random goals in life. Feel an earthquake, see a tornado, and be in a hurricane."

Steve Zubrick, the science officer at the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va., sent this:

"Big news down here. I felt the house shook as it woke me out of a dead sleep just after 5 am."

Any one else?  Leave a comment.

There are some details from the USGS about this here. And here's more on the history of earthquakes in Maryland. And here's a little on the most recent quake reported in Maryland, just outside of Baltimore, in 2007.


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