Earthquake Rocks DC, Hurricane Irene Takes Aim

“As all of DC leaves work at the same time, the United States experiences a brief economic recovery.”

An unusually powerful  earthquake hit the D.C. area today that left residents feeling a bit uneasy.  The earthquake which reportedly was measured at a 5.8 -5.9 was felt as far away as Atlanta, GA to New York City.  Thankfully at this time no deaths have been reported, but there is news of some injuries.  On a positive note several government buildings were forced to evacuate.  Fewer government workers at their desks to create new job-killing regulations is always a good thing!

The Washington Examiner lists the top “politically themed earthquake tweets” (my favorites highlighted):

@TPCarney: Krugman says it wasn’t big enough.

@comradescott: Evidently the quake occurred on a little known fault line outside of DC called “Bush’s Fault”. #tcot #p2

@calebhowe: Breaking: Obama administration points out they “inherited” fault lines from previous administrations.

@MaizeBlueNation: Fox News claims the Washington monument is leaning to the right, MSNBC claims it’s leaning to the left. More news at 11.

@charliespiering: I won’t stop shaking until Obama makes a speech telling me that everything is ok and that he has a plan

@Ben_Howe: As all of DC leaves work at the same time, the United States experiences a brief economic recovery.

@daveweigel: Was all set to loot in Dupont circle, then realized all we have are taco and cupcake stores.

@JimPethokoukis Shot: Virginia Earthquake Chaser: Hurricane Irene

@politicoroger POLITICO had the earthquake story yesterday.

If a earthquake can shut down parts of the government for a few hours I wonder what a hurricane can do:

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]