POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 7:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 12:50pm
MT. LAUREL, NJ (NBC33) — A powerful earthquake shook the east coast from the Carolina's to Martha's Vineyard Tuesday. The 5.9-magnitude quake was centered northwest of Richmond, VA, but it was felt for miles north and south of the epicenter.
Louisiana native, Garick Giroir, was among those rattled by the earthquake. The LSU grad moved to Mt. Laurel, NJ just days ago for an internship. He lives about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
Giroir says he felt tremors at work shortly before 2pm Tuesday afternoon, even though he was nearly 250 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.
"Basically a bunch of noises started happening and it sounded as though the building was being rained on by nails," he says. "It wasn't until I walked out into the hallway that you could feel the building swaying and it was vibrating. I could feel it going left and right and it felt like an enormous gust of wind was going to blow it over."
Giroir says he and his co-workers had to leave the building when it started shaking. They had to wait outside for about 30 minutes before firefighters decided it was safe to go back in.