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East Coast Wimps? 5.8 Quake Leads to Some Damage, Vast Media Focus

Broadcast outlets and websites covering reactions to temblor modest by California standards. What is your reaction?

An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude centered in Virginia hit the East Coast about 11 a.m. Tuesday (Pacific time), with some evacuations and damage reported from Washington, D.C., to New York City and south to the Carolinas.

This event would generate less concern in Southern California. What advice would you give residents and officials on the Atlantic Coast? Have any friends and neighbors sharing their eyewitness accounts?

Hundreds of Patch sites in the East, South and Midwest will have up-to-date coverage. Search for towns covered at Patch.com. Patch is a national network of nearly 900 community news sites.

Here are some other news accounts:

Jennifer Vigil August 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM
@James: Awesome! So true. From Los Angeles on down to San Diego, we are SO guilty of catastrophizing about rain!
Mike August 25, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Wow mamacita, I politely urge you to read my comment again, not once did I "lump 'all' west coast people into one group". To quote my original comment exactly, I wrote "most west coast natives" the only time I even used the word "all" was in reference to "those who came to see it's effect on the California coastline". Perhaps I should further elaborate on that statement for those who may have misunderstood. That was in reference to those I ran into. You must have misread my comment, by no means whatsoever was I saying everyone on the west coast was this way hence my use of "most". But, I do in fact feel the majority, not the "minor few" west coast people are in fact this way, I've lived from here to Seattle, and that's my personal experience. I can also safely venture to say of those that I met during my time exploring the west coast whom were not this way, 50% of them were transplants from the Mississippi River east. This is my personal opinion based on my personal experiences. Thank you mamacita, for being loving and caring. I sincerely hope that is true, rather than the possibility you're self-centered and thought I was referring to you.
Tim August 27, 2011 at 01:46 AM
I agree Mike... if one were an engineer they might consider that the east coast building standards don't take into account a earthquakes as a serious threat. Similarly, if we were to have a snowstorm in Los Angeles and New Yorkers referred to Angelinos as "wimps" they would take offense. And I wonder if the planes that had hit the towers on 9/11 had hit buildings in LA instead if we would have seen the same response with people helping people we saw in NY. Yes, we can learn a lot from our counterparts on the east coast.
josh August 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM
@Tim very good points!
Mike August 30, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Well said Tim.

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