Virginia Earthquake felt in Raleigh, NC – August 23, 2011

August 23rd, 2011

I didn’t personally feel today’s earthquake, but I checked my home security cameras to find one of them captured the shaking, along with my dog Beau and cat Grayson reacting to the tremors. Beau could be seen barking 4 minutes before the shaking occurred.

P.S. The time stamp is 11 minutes fast. P.S.S. The infrared camera makes the couch look blue.


  1. Joanna Kapica says:

    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm (#)

    …and you didn’t make this camera shake by any chance….?
    Just kidding.
    It was actually very surprising- an a bit scary news. I guess earthquakes on the East Coast are not very comon, are they?

  2. Nick says:

    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:30 pm (#)

    As a geologist, I’m really disappointed that I didn’t feel it. I was working on a project down on the Coastal Plain, but I got several texts from back in Raleigh when it happened.

    Thanks for posting Matt. Very interesting how Beau sensed it b/f the humans could feel it.

  3. Garver says:

    August 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 pm (#)

    I was enjoying some of the great views of the skyline from Lonnie Poole with my dad when the Earthquake happened. I completely missed it.

  4. Gene says:

    August 23rd, 2011 at 11:06 pm (#)

    I live on the 4th floor and my entire living room swayed back and forth a few times. Definitely not the most comfortable feeling in the world.

  5. Matt says:

    August 24th, 2011 at 12:41 am (#)

    Garver…my house is pretty close to Lonnie Pool. Apparently lots of people missed it. My wife and I were near triangle town center and had no idea.

  6. Ernest says:

    August 24th, 2011 at 9:37 am (#)

    The truth is, the epicenter was 150 miles NE of Raleigh, so I am not surprised it was not felt as much here. I work on the 5th floor and I barely felt it. Of course, people in Richmond have a different take on this, as they were near the epicenter.

    Matt, thanks for the video. Animals sense the earthquakes early enough to offer a warning. I remember when I lived in Greece as a child, the dogs would go nuts before an earthquake. When you heard them barking a lot, you knew something may be coming.

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