Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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The quake on Lake Anna

Here’s one more account I just had to pass on. It comes from Jay Nesmith of Spotsylvania.  He went down to Anna Point Marina  on Tuesday to get his boat in advance of Hurricane Irene’s arrival.

“It was such a gorgeous day, I thought I’d take a little ride,” he told me today.

The lake was like glass. “I rode down past [North Anna Power Station] by a dike where we like to go swimming.”

 He had his life jacket on and was preparing to jump in. The spot is about 50 feet deep.

 “I started to hear this rumble, and I thought they were doing some construction at the plant.  It was a rumble that sounded very deep beneath the boat. All of a sudden, the [aluminum pontoon boat] started to rattle. Then it got really intense, as though someone were under the boat, pushing it up and down.” The boat rose about a foot and a half, he said, four or five times.

 “I’d been in a small earthquake in California, but nothing like this. The shock waves took a very long time to subside.”

 The lake, he recalled, was still strangely glass smooth.

  The next strange thing: “It was like a Jacuzzi at the top of the lake” which he reckons were gas bubbles released from the bottom.

 Back at the landing, he heard a roar from the power plant, and saw some black smoke rising. That turned out to be related to an automatic shutdown at the plant, which was just around the next bend.

 And, “When I went to get the truck, the trailer had bounced three feet into the next parking place.”