More east coast earthquake observations

Just because it has not ever happened in our lifetime we are still discussing the east coast 5.8 earthquake of Tuesday, August 23, 2011.


Longtime MACS member Richard Hawkins of Crewe, Virginia was manning the mobile A/C technical helpline for 1-800 Radiator when the earth moved. Richard’s town of Crewe, VA is located about 80 to 100 miles from Mineral, VA where they say the epicenter  of the quake was located.

“I was on the phone with a technician up in the Baltimore area ( about 225 miles north of me) and felt my chair start to shake a little, then felt the whole building shaking and could hear things rattling and could see the glass in the front storm door shaking and see the hinged mirror in a piece of furniture moving. It seemed like it lasted about 20 seconds.” Richard related.

He said, “I asked the guy if he could hold on as it seemed like we were having an earthquake and about 15 to 20 seconds later he says, we’re having an earthquake too. At that point I knew that it must be something that was pretty big, but didn’t expect it to be felt as far away as the news reports later indicated.  As we finished up the call, I told him that this was one tech call that would be etched in my memory for a long time. He indicated the same thing. I later spoke to a technician somewhere down in Georgia or South Carolina. I was about 45-minutes late calling because of phone lines apparently being jammed due to people calling each other to discuss what had happened. When I apologized for the delay in calling and explained why, he said he had felt it too and that it was certainly a surprise.”

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

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