Sheepshead Bay residents came out of their homes looking confounded  at approximately 1:54 p.m. today, as rumbles from an earthquake near Washington D.C. rattled the area.

An earthquake that measured 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the Washington D.C. area shortly before Sheepshead Bay’s residents felt the effects. The Pentagon, the Capitol, and several other public buildings have been evacuated. It’s the largest recorded earthquake to hit the area, originating in Charlottesville, VA, with tremors being felt as far north as Boston.

Here in the Bay, it was likely the first earthquake experienced by most residents. You survived unscathed. We’re very proud of you.

However, Sheepshead Bites’ Business Manager Robert Fernandez is particularly perturbed, demanding in between sobs of terror, “Where are the animals? Aren’t the animals supposed to warn us?”

He’s calmed down now, though. Don’t worry.

Meanwhile, your venerable editor Ned Berke, having lived in an earthquake zone – in a condo on the 13th floor of a building over a cliff – stood on a chair, laughed maniacally and belittled Fernandez in between gushing, “They were right! May 21, mo-fos! May 21!”

He eventually fell, but did not hurt himself.

What were you doing when the earthquake hit? How did you react? How about the people around you?

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  • http://ericasphotos.tumblr.com/ ES

    You’re such a little s–t (censored, for all the good people who come to the site), you know that? I say that with love. I was scared! Jerk.

  • Frank

    I was on Sheepshead bites when my chair shook! I know what a tremor is having been in Alaska in the Army.  I’m glad no one was hurt. It looked like a movie scene on my street (Hubbard) everybody was asking, did you feel that? Well back to normal. God help us!!!

    • Anonymous

      Random thought.  They need to install a STOP LIGHT  on Hubbard street….  Perhaps that will stop these crazy kids from playing Chicken with Cars.

      • pat

        you live on hubbard st?

        • Anonymous

          No, i was driving on Ave Y,  Towards Ocean Pkwy

  • Kanzaveli

    I was surrounded by laughing maniacs like Ned myself, who didn’t seem to mind the shake about. I work in a medical office on Ocean Parkway and wanted to get the staff and patients out of the office, however I was shamefully outnumbered by the fearless superheroes who don’t seem to be bothered by a little stirring….

  • Anonymous

    Bathroom.

    Kinda thought i broke something LOL, yea that was a good laugh.  till i found out it was actually serious.

  • Byakuya

     i was training to use my bankai.

  • Georgia

    In midtown the office building was swaying and a tremmer about 30 seconds. The chairs were moving slightly. I was getting a little dizzy. No one felt it out in the street amazing.

    • Barkingspider7

      I had the same feeling of dizziness – and I knew that I was NOT hungover!!

      We felt it at Wall Street in lower manhattan.  2 of my co-workers came in from lunch and said that they didn’t feel anything either, which amazed me because I thought that they would feel it on the ground first.

      • Georgia

        Yes that’s what I would think also the ground first. My co workers were saying the same thing they did not know anything about it. Early this morning there was 5.5 in Colorado & now this one gggggggeeeeee

  • Morrrrr

    I work in NYC as a EMT. Chaos now

  • Kon

    I was about to get a Chicken Teriyaki sub on roasted garlic bread, with swiss cheese, bacon, tomatos, onions, lettuce, olives, sweet onion and honey mustard. 

    • Anonymous

      From subway?

      mmmm sounds good!

    • Barkingspider7

      Hope you didn’t run out of the subways shop and that you were able to buy and enjoy your lunch

  • Anonymous

    I was in Canarsie on the fifth floor and immediately recognized it as an earthquake and called Ned to report it. It felt just as if you were on an elevated platform and a train was approaching, nothing worse.

    This was my second NYC earthquake. The first was in 1978 in Staten Island. That time I thought I was just having deja vu from the ferry. Later I learned it was an earthquake centered in Ardsley, NY. I had no idea at the time that this one started in Virginia.

    About 20 people stopped what they were doing and just started staring at each other with a look of amazement.

    • SoBrooklynMan

      Yes, that is exactly what I thought. I was on the second floor of my home when it started to sway. Since 80% of the time a bus passes it shakes. For a moment I thought the house had given away but when rational thought returned I just thought it reminded me of standing on the Ave X platform of the F line. My dog was downstairs and I’ve the funny feeling nothing was felt on the 1st floor.

      • BrooklynBus

        Two people I spoke to who were either outside or on the first floor felt nothing.  One person on a porch felt something slight. People who were higher seemed to have felt more.  Funny, although I said “elevated Platform,” I actually was thinking of Kings Highway and Avenue X on the F line, although I mainly ride the B & Q.

  • Anonymous

    someone said something about Aftershocks?

  • http://twitter.com/bkjenka Jennifer K-Milo

    I was outside smoking a cigg watching everyone run out, kind of feel relieved I wasnt inside when it hit

  • nolastname

    I was on line when I first felt the house sway. I looked for the passing truck and there was none. Then the sway again, that’s when I got up and the whole house began to shake. Things on shelves were banging together and the desk was hitting against the wall. Stained glass we have hanging in the windows was swaying. Only one neighborhood dog was barking and it was not mine. Dumb dog.
    Then I called Ned.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes the ground is moving. Does anyone know where I can get HP Touchbad for $100?

  • Anonymous

    I work in the World Trade Center 7 building, we don’t take shaking too lightly. After the shaking stopped we took the elevator down (smart)

  • Kiska777
  • Local Broker

    Is anyone thinking about all the water surrounding us? I havent heard one thing on the news.

    • Anonymous

      Update at 2:36 p.m. ET: The Associated Press quotes the U.S. Weather Service as saying no tsunami is expected after the quake.

      since all the wrong weather i been getting………… that might as well be a lye.

  • Brianbeach85

    i was going to the bathroom in my apt in Brighton Beach about to leave to go into Manhattan for work. My boss texted me and told me I shouldn’t go to work! Today is like an earthquake holiday- at least for me!

    • Barkingspider7

      Lucky!!

  • BigBrother

    I was trying to make the earth shake when the earthquake hit…SUCCESS!!!!

  • http://blog.arikatt.com Ariela B.

    There were reports that they felt it even up in Montreal.

    I heard something fall down, which I thought was a door slamming, and then the house shook. It freaked me out mostly because of lingering 9-11 anxiety. Once I figured out it was just an earthquake, it was more of an adrenaline rush (since I’ve never experienced one in NYC) and a worry that it was worse elsewhere in the city.

    It amused me to turn on the TV and only find soap operas on the news channels. Ended up turning to Twitter to find out what the hell happened.

  • Anonymous

    You know what, I Felt like we were all united for those 20 seconds. one big Hug. Soo i can’t say it was that bad.

  • Subway Stinker

    I WAS TAKING MY AFTERNOON NAP when it hit along avenue V. It felt like someone sat down on the edge of the bed. I thought it was a ghost. Then I fully awoke and felt the bed moving and I thought my old bed was finally going to collapse from my girth. Then I realized something more sinister was happening and I turned on Joan Hamburg who was already reporting that Virginia had sent us this little gift.  I dont think east coast quakes have either afterhocks or tsumommys.  Maybe one of your Bitebrainiacs knowmore.

  • Subway Stinker

    I WAS TAKING MY AFTERNOON NAP when it hit along avenue V. It felt like someone sat down on the edge of the bed. I thought it was a ghost. Then I fully awoke and felt the bed moving and I thought my old bed was finally going to collapse from my girth. Then I realized something more sinister was happening and I turned on Joan Hamburg who was already reporting that Virginia had sent us this little gift.  I dont think east coast quakes have either afterhocks or tsumommys.  Maybe one of your Bitebrainiacs knowmore.

    • http://ericasphotos.tumblr.com/ ES

      “afterhocks or tsumommys” <—– so awesome.

  • Local Broker

    And now they are talking about something called a hurricane coming up the east coast later in the week.

    • Barkingspider7

      The weather report on NBC this morning said thaat the hurricane with hit the southeast coast  of Florida.  It is not supposed to hit here, although we will get rain later in the week.  So, don’t worry – we are safe here.

      • Local Broker

        I am not worried. I have been through a couple earthquakes, a few tropical storms, a hurricane, was at the WTC on 9/11, a few blizzards and a cruise ship that almost tipped over. So im good.  

        • Anonymous

          Jeez……  that’s a huge list of disasters.

          • Local Broker

            Yeah.

    • Barkingspider7

      I heard this only this morning (Wednesday) on the news.  I hope it doesn’t happen.

      • nolastname

        Hope for the best, but damn sure prepare for the hurricane.
        Folks see if your neighbors need any help securing gutters and loose shingles. Secure or tie down everything that can fly off and cause damage.
        I guess the boats will be properly secured unlike the mess last time with loose sail floating around the bay.
        Don’t wait for the last minute report, weather folks have been wrong and Mother Nature does whatever she pleases,

  • jayjay

    i felt  nothing. zip. i think i must have been on the elevator or waiting for it when it happened. got off the elevator, came to my apartment, hung around a bit, got on facebook and saw one person after another post about the earthquake so i turned on the tv and heard about it. i feel like i missed out on a memorable experience. 

    • Dl77002

      I’m with you JayJay. I was eating at the McDonalds on Sheepshead bay Road, facing the window. I saw people across the street run out from the 99 cent store and look up at the building, it seemed like someone was on the edge threatening to jump or something. I was totally oblivious to any earthquake, maybe being so close to the train station made me block it out.

  • http://twitter.com/NickySatch Nicholas Satchell

    I don’t know what it is about earthquakes; but I really feel like having children now! =p

  • Prospct8

    I felt nothing in Harlem. My parents called from the bay to ask me if I’d noticed.

  • Prospct8

    I felt nothing in Harlem. My parents called from the bay to ask me if I’d noticed.

  • Plumgoofy57

    Felt the initial stirring and heard the house creak. Thought the cats were at it again. Then felt that old familiar shimmy in the floor. Okay, earthquake number 5, 2 in Brooklyn, 3 in California. Was on the way to Stop n Shop anyway, hope people don’t think I’m ascared or something.

  • Lostinservice

    I was on the train and like all the .women Faba’s been with, I didn’t feel shit

  • noname

    I was practicing juggling knives, man i chose the wrong day to do that.

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    i was leaning over the counter at Nathans, waiting for my Top Neck clams, fries, and large diet soday. I felt the counter shake, but I figured it was some truck gone by, or Con Ed working or something. Nobody said anything around me. I didn’t even know anything happened till I got a call from a friend, who is in Alaska!

     The Coney Island rides didn’t shut for a second. Nobody seemed to know anything.

    • nolastname

      I was at Nathans with Lisanne before noon having a hot dog. We used the 99cent coupon in the circulars and they gave us 1 dog that was a tail short.’

      • Cabbie

        Wait a minute! I was at Nathans sharing a hot dog with Lisanne! when the quake hit!….oh…no….my mistake….that was a dream I had….never mind.

      • Cabbie

        Wait a minute! I was at Nathans sharing a hot dog with Lisanne! when the quake hit!….oh…no….my mistake….that was a dream I had….never mind.

  • Ray Johnson

    Was talking to a friend, who lives 100 miles away, on the phone. He said he was experiencing an earthquake, and I thought he was joking around — until I felt it, here.

  • Ray Johnson

    Was talking to a friend, who lives 100 miles away, on the phone. He said he was experiencing an earthquake, and I thought he was joking around — until I felt it, here.

  • Subway Stinker

    I spent tuesday morning clearing my drains and sweeping up leaves and seeds that fall from my local trees in prep for the coming seasonal super-storm this weekend. My level of alert right now hovers around WATCHING and Concerned, so I am on Yellow Alert for Hurricane Irene/Iris.  We’ll have a better idea of the storm’s track not until Friday. I suggest Commodore Berke start slowly inflating his pontoon boat fleet just in case and put the Bite Navy on alert.

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