Stock Market Collapse or Earth Quake?

On the Road, Again!

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


A 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast on August 23rd and continued to produce aftershocks for several days. At least 18 aftershocks ranging in magnitude from 4.5 to as little as 2.0 followed the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II, according to the US Geological Survey.

Aftershocks are smaller tremors that take place in the weeks and possibly months following a major earthquake like the one centered in Mineral, Virginia. They are usually felt in a smaller area than the original quake. The largest of the aftershocks so far was a 4.5-magnitude quake, according to the USGS. Tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted by the initial tremor.

We felt it here in Atlanta too, as well as my home town of Fell’s Point, in Baltimore, Maryland [just north of Washington, DC], where I was visiting Johns Hopkins Hospital, engaging clients and lecturing at the time.

St. Patrick’ Church

Here is a reference file photograph of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland, before the quake and just down the street a bit from Johns Hopkins Hospital, toward the waterfront district.


Enter the Tremors

Now, here is the church on August 23rd, 2011, after a finial at the top edge of the spire fell, shattering a manhole cover far below.

The Damage Today

Fortunately, no one was injured.

This remaining damage is now the problem on this historic building.


However, some ME-P readers and clients are wondering if the finial collapse was due solely to the quake, or might the recent world-wide stock market tremors be involved in some way – you decide?


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