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Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Quaking in the bookstore

Wow. What an afternoon. The quake rattled shoppers at Tysons Corner Center -- including me, your vacationing blogger -- with the trembling lasting about 7 to 10 seconds. Inside the Barnes and Noble on the first floor, the magazine racks shook and particles of dust from the ceiling streamed down. There was loud rumbling.

Shoppers stood motionless. When the shaking was done, most raced to nearby exits. I thought a bomb had gone off and quickly texted my wife to say I was okay and getting out fast. The bravest of the shoppers merely stood by the doors waiting to go back in; the not-so-brave
Up and down the East Coast, people poured out of shops and offices after the earthquake. (Charles Dharapak - AP)
hightailed it to their cars.

Though cell phone lines were jammed, those who could get through reached friends and neighbors who reported their own bouts of shaking in other places in Northern Virginia. People quickly concluded that an earthquake had happened.

Needless to say, I hope everyone is okay. Be safe. And weigh in with your own experience below.

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