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huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: j ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:38PM

anyone else hear that? it felt like a truck just ran into my house.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Lord Fairfax ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:40PM

i felt that too in alexandria... i was in my basement... takes a lot to make a concreate foundation to rumble... another mini quake perhaps? maybe we're due for THE BIG ONE

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Biff Lugnut ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:42PM

Heard it in Annandale too. Singular boom- sonic boom, perhaps?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: me 2 ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:44PM

Heard it too, and I'm in Mclean/Arlington. WTF???

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: THE BIG ONE ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:45PM

IM COMING FOR YA...

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:46PM

I'm in between all of you and I didn't hear a thing.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Lord Fairfax ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:47PM

i didnt hear anything, i just felt a rumble

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: JJ ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:49PM

Another confirmed feel in Alexandria.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: j ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:50PM

it was kind of like one big boom and then a smaller one and then a short rumble. but yeah, definitely more percussive than loud.


Lord Fairfax Wrote:
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> i didnt hear anything, i just felt a rumble

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: braddock road ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:52PM

I felt it in Fairfax near Fairfax City

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: me2 ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:53PM

I heard a boom, then a rumble. I thought it might be an f-16 getting his mach on!!

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: wow ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:53PM

heard it hear near fairfax circle too....? WTF??

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:55PM

Apparently there is a gun battle raging near Scotland Yard. Some sort of coordinated Al Qaeda thing? Hmmmm.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Coastie ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:56PM

Has the exposion at Belvior ocured. Apparently they had/have to blast to move rock at the base for new construction?

FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Don't be alarmed if you hear explosions going off at Fort Belvoir next week.

And if your home shakes a little, it's not an earthquake.

The explosions are part of the growing pains Fort Belvoir will experience as part of the base realignment and closure process.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 and Friday, May 2, explosives charges will be used to dislodge rocks for construction crews to excavate a site for the new home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

NGA is largely responsible for mapping related to national security .

NGA's headquarters will move from Bethesda, Md., to Fort Belvoir by September 2011.

(Copyright 2008 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Cris ()
Date: May 06, 2008 01:59PM

Single boom/rumble that shook the windows in my House (West Springfield/Burke) around 1:30 pm.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: what? ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:00PM

wtf that article is about friday today is tuesdaY?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:01PM

Coastie Wrote:
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> Has the exposion at Belvior ocured. Apparently
> they had/have to blast to move rock at the base
> for new construction?
>
> FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Don't be alarmed if you hear
> explosions going off at Fort Belvoir next week.
>
> And if your home shakes a little, it's not an
> earthquake.
>
> The explosions are part of the growing pains Fort
> Belvoir will experience as part of the base
> realignment and closure process.
>
> From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 and
> Friday, May 2, explosives charges will be used to
> dislodge rocks for construction crews to excavate
> a site for the new home of the National
> Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
>
> NGA is largely responsible for mapping related to
> national security .
>
> NGA's headquarters will move from Bethesda, Md.,
> to Fort Belvoir by September 2011.
>
> (Copyright 2008 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

I could see Springfield and Alexandria. But Fairfax City and McLean?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: yeah ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:02PM

yeah that tuesday in the article is the 29th? of april not may at all?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: WashingToneLocian ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:03PM

yeah Wrote:
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> yeah that tuesday in the article is the 29th? of
> april not may at all?


It's entirely possible those dates got moved. Was it raining those days?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: braddock road ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:07PM

On the police scanner they just confirmed a seismic event.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: SBS ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:29PM

It has been confirmed that the blast we heard earlier was a controlled underground blasting at the Engineer Proving Ground located at Backlick Road and 7100 (Fort Belvoir).

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Kid ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:30PM

what the heck were they doing and how was it able to be felt over the entire area?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:40PM

I just got a message from the Arlington Alert system- there was a minor earthquake in NoVa. 2-3 on the richter scale.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: boom ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:43PM

Was the earthquake caused by the blast?

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: mp ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:44PM

Ground rumbles in parts of Northern Virginia
May 6, 2008 - 2:38pm
WASHINGTON - Ground rumblings in parts of Northern Virginia left many people wondering whether they were feeling an earthquake on Tuesday.

In an advisory to federal agencies, FEMA's Operations says that the National Earthquake Information Center is reporting the D.C. area experienced rumblings equivalent to a magnitude 2 to 3 earthquake.

It is unclear whether the rumblings were an actual earthquake or due to another cause, the FEMA advisory says.

The rumblings rattled parts of Northern Virginia - including Vienna, Falls Church, Annandale and Baileys Crossroads - around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Some people tell WTOP the rumbling felt like an earthquake.

There is no word on any damage.

Blasts are scheduled at Ft. Belvoir at 4:15 p.m. The blasts are part of the construction at Ft. Belvoir for the new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. The agency is moving its headquarters to Ft. Belvoir and as part of the region's base realignment and closure project.

Ft. Belvoir officials say people may feel more rumblings over the new few days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Copyright 2008 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: spoke with the dispatch ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:49PM

spoke with dispatcher, either an earthquake or blasting at fort belvoir

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: May 06, 2008 02:52PM

felt it in merrifield

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: toyoder ()
Date: May 06, 2008 03:34PM

Friend of mine felt it in Arlington near the glebe and 66.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: § ()
Date: May 06, 2008 03:40PM

It's official. I called my friend's brother's roommate who stuck his head out of his car and asked a guy standing in front of Best Buy if he felt an earthquake and he said, "uh-huh". -§

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: MBF ()
Date: May 06, 2008 04:27PM

1.8; epicenter near Wakefield Chapel/Braddock Road

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Quakes/ld1022071.php

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: me 2 ()
Date: May 06, 2008 04:32PM


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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: PANIC ()
Date: May 06, 2008 04:43PM

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: May 06, 2008 04:55PM

me 2 Wrote:
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> Heard it too, and I'm in Mclean/Arlington. WTF???


I think Gravis farted.

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Re: huge boom in sprigfield
Posted by: Don Carr ()
Date: May 23, 2008 04:59AM

Fort Belvoir has developed a website at www.belvoirnewvision.com that provides information, publications, copies of briefings, images, links, photos, newsletters, and even alerts that are sent via email to folks who sign up. The May 2008 newsletter has just been posted and ready for your download.

The alert system and newsletter mailing system already has more than 1,500 people registered for it. You can get information about blasting, construction related traffic, gate closures, and other BRAC issues that may affect the community in advance if you sign up for the email alert.

We encourage everyone to sign up at www.belvoirnewvision.com, use the link on the left called 'Sign up for Construction News," and fill in your information.

We also have a public information meeting on May 28, 2008 from 6:30pm - 9pm at Riverside Elementary School. There will be representatives from the installation, incoming BRAC tenants such as NGA, MDA, and the Community Hospital, as well as VDOT and FHWA with displays ready to help answer any questions.

The briefing begins at 7pm with a Q&A session after the briefing. This specific meeting with focus on the progress of the community hospital but also give an overview of the rest of the BRAC projects.

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