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EARTHQUAKE ROCKS THE EAST COAST :: 5.9 Earthquake in Virginia Rattles NYC & more…

A powerful earthquake rocked the Mid-Atlantic region Tuesday afternoon, hitting areas from North Carolina to as far as away Ottawa, Canada.

The earthquake, which hit at about 1:51 p.m. ET, measured a preliminary 5.9 and lasted up to 45 seconds, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It shook office buildings and homes and rattled residents. The USGS warned of aftershocks.

Its epicenter was reported about 4 miles southwest of Mineral, Va., near Richmond, Va., and about 80 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Witnesses reported a low rumble that grew to distinct and sustained shaking, rattling windows and fraying nerves.

“It scared the heck out of me. I’m still shaking,” said Joan Morris, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

No injuries were reported. A nuclear power plant near Lake Anna, Va., was shut down in a precautionary measure.

Twitter lit up with personal earthquake reports up and down the east coast.

One twitter user, @allisonkilkenny, a blogger and contributing reporter for The Nation, wrote: “Weirdest moment: Seeing the people I’m following in DC tweet ‘earthquake’ seconds before I felt it here in NYC.”

Sonia Spence, a data transcriber for the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services in Manhattan, said she had just returned to her desk on the fourth floor of 26 Federal Plaza when the building began to sway.

“I thought, ‘What could be shaking the building like this?’ My first thought was a terrorist,” she said

Spence, a legally blind Bronx resident, said she dropped her purse which contained her cell phone, hurrying downstairs and outside.

The earthquake was one of the largest ever recorded in the Washington, D.C., area. The depth of the quake was only 0.6 miles which partly explains the widely-felt shaking.

In “the East Coast you have this old, hard, cold crust that does a lovely job of transmitting the waves … the energy … this large of an eathquake. could definitely have been felt hundreds of miles away,” said Lucy Jones a seismologist with the USGS.

“Central Virginia does get its share of minor earthquakes, but an earthquake of this size on the East Coast is certainly very unusual,” says seismologist Karen Fischer of Brown University.

Virginia is not on an active earthquake fault and is roughly in the middle of the North American continental crustal plate, she says. But it has residual fault scars left over from 200 to 300 million years ago, when it was an earthquake zone, at the time when the Atlantic Ocean rifted apart from Europe.

“We are just seeing pressure build up and release on those scars,” Fischer says. “There is a lot of debate on exactly what is going on down there and exactly how quakes this big happen in this kind of crustal zone.”

Because the crust under the East Coast is colder and firmer than the West Coast, shocks travel more efficiently through it, accounting for the widely-felt shaking. Fischer says the shallow depth of the Virginia quake, .6 miles, is only a first estimate and will likely be revised.

“One lesson of this quake is that building codes will likely need to be revisited on the East Coast,” Fischer says. “Because we are not as conscious of earthquakes here as the West Coast and we will have to see about structural damage to buildings, although I have not heard any damage reports so far.”

Officials in the region scrambled to evacuate buildings.

The control towers at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports were evacuated by the Fenderal Aviation Administration as a precaution, an FAA spokesman said. Flights out of both airports were cancelled.

The State Department building in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington evacuated, public affairs specialist Urenia Young said in an e-mail. “We are out of the building,” she wrote.

Halley Pack, 24-year-old paralegegal, was putting on her sneakers in the basement-level gym of her office building in downtown Washington, when the shaking started. She said she didn’t realize that it was an earthquake at first.

“I’ve never been in an earthquake before,” she said, standing in her exercise clothes outside her office building at 2:20 p.m. “I thought something was wrong with me, like I had a headache.” Pack said she even jumped on the elliptical trainer for a few minutes before officials announced that the building was being evacuated.

Outside, dozens of office workers milled about comparing notes and trying to reach friends and family members on their mobile phones.

Pack’s colleague Caitlin Shea, 22, said she was at her desk when the earthquake struck. “The filing cabinets started shaking. I thought they would topple on us.”

She was nervous about re-entering the 12-story building where they work. “I’m afraid of aftershocks,” she said.

In North Carolina, the tremors sent light bulbs shaking in their fixtures, and brought people out into the street looking for a potential cause. Karen Schaefer was stopped at a traffic light in northern Raleigh when her 1995 Honda Accord began shaking.

“It felt like when you are sitting on a suspension bridge and you feel it swaying,” she said. “But I knew I wasn’t on a suspension bridge. I was like, ‘is this an earthquake?’ and I said, ‘No, this is Raleigh, N.C.’

“You hear about earthquakes in California

Dan Thompson, director of communications at Fork Union Military Academy, a military style boarding school in the village of Fork Union, Va., said the shaking was “pretty significant, but there was no damage or injuries. Just a few books knocked off the shelves.”

About 200 were on campus either as members of the football or soccer teams, or as part of the 60 cadet officers here for training. “”We want all our parents to know everyone is safe and there’s no danger at this point,” Thompson said.

“No need for any of that. Everything’s in good shape,” he said, then offering a quip about another natural event, Hurricane Irene, bearing down on the East Coast, “We’re already looking forward to the hurricane.”


Earthquakes happen everyday around the world. Most of the time, they are to small to record or notice. As scary or sad as it seems,Earthquakes are part of life and are suppose to happen.  I try to remind my friends, Earth and Mother Nature call the shots, we just live here.

Check this graph out below:

With props to GeekOSystem and MSNBC director, Rob Katko, a U.S. Geological Survey map of earthquakes in the United States over the past week. Blue is for anything in the last day, yellow for anything within seven days.

Map: Our planet shakes a lot


:: JR§

ROCK THE BELLS 2011 :: Lauryn Hill x Nas x Cypress Hill x Mobb Deep + More…

Back in 1985, the young (and then-lanky) LL Cool J exclaimed to his fans and anyone listening, “Rock the bells!” on a bold track over the slashes of Rick Rubin’s brash production. His debut album, Radio, was a breakthrough record in ’85, propelling LL, as well as the genre of Hip-Hop, into the mainstream. Twenty-six years later, the LP is considered a rap cult classic.

The famous track “Rock the Bells” now captures thousands of concertgoers annually, as Rock The Bells has become one of the biggest Hip-Hop concert tours in the world; and it’s a wonder why Mr. Cool James himself has yet to perform at the concert he inadvertently helped to brand.

 The first Rock The Bells was held in the summer of 2004, with the entire Wu-Tang Clan headlining- it was their first show as a group in nearly a decade, and ultimately, would be one of their last, as ODB passed away four months later. Originally dubbed as a West Coast exclusive tour, popular demand over the years has seen the show travel across the map, to cities such as New York, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Columbia, and Denver. In 2011, Rock The Bells will travel to four cities/venues: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Boston.
One of the most alluring parts of the Rock The Bells series has been its showcasing of artists performing entire albums from their discography. This year boasts what may be the most heavy-hitting lineup yet. Classic albums like Illmatic, The Miseducation f Lauryn HillBaduizm, Be, The Infamous, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Liquid Swords, and more, will be performed by their respective artists. Wu-Tang’s RZA will serve as host for the event, and over 30 acts in total will be hitting the stage.
Look for performances from artists such as Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Mac Miller, Blu, and Freddie Gibbs to appeal to a newer crowd. In fact, with the large list of talent, there are sure to be multiple artists that cater to the diverse rap audience’s liking at Rock The Bells. Not to mention, there are always ‘surprise guests’ that fall through and take the crowd off-guard. In 2011, will it be Kanye? Jay? Lil’ Wayne?
Rain or shine, inside or outside, the show has, and promises to go on. And with the likes of 36 Chambers, Doggystyle, and The Low End Theory being performed at last year’s show alone, it’s safe to say that the fans wouldn’t have it any other way. With classic albums and hungry artists set to blaze the stage, Rock The Bells needs only to look back at LL for its claim:

“I excel, they all fail!”

Rock The Bells 2011 – Tour Dates, Cities & Venues:
Los Angeles – August 20, San Manuel Amphitheater
San Francisco – August 27, Shoreline Amphitheater
New York- September 3, Governor’s Island
Boston – September 10, Comcast Center
Rock The Bells Official Website (for venue info & tickets)
:: JR§

EVERY PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE :: Dismembered body of missing Hasidic nine-year-old boy found in dumpster and a fridge as police arrest ‘bearded loner’

He just wanted to walk home alone, now murdered. 

The dismembered body of a missing nine-year-old Hasidic boy has been found hidden in separate locations across New York.

The horrific discoveries provide a gruesome end to the desperate search for Leiby Kletzky, who was last seen leaving the Brooklyn-based Boyan Day Camp on 44th Street on Monday afternoon.

Police are said to have found half of the boy’s body – including his severed feet – in a refrigerator at the home of 35-year-old Levi Aron which they raided in Kensington, not far from where the boy was last seen.

A gold car- the last Leiby was seen entering- was also found at Aron’s home, according to reports.

Officers were then led this morning to the remains hidden in a suitcase in a dumpster in Sunset Park by Aron, who is said to have confessed to the murder, sources said.

Aron, who works at the Empire Supply hardware store in Kensington, allegedly suffocated the boy before brutally cutting him up, police said.

Three knives in a butcher block were found inside the suspect’s apartment.

A co-worker told the New York Post Aron is divorced with no children and acted completely normally while at work yesterday.

‘I can’t believe this,’ he said. ‘He was a strange guy but he was here yesterday and he was fine after killing this little boy.’

The suspect’s Facebook page revealed he is a practiser of Kabbalah who enjoys playing computer games such as Farmville.

In a cruel irony, he had also joined a group titled ‘IS YOUR FAMILY SAFE? Find out who really lives in your area!’ – dedicated to exposing local rapists and child molesters.

The man has now been arrested in connection with Leiby’s disappearance and death and witnesses suggested another man and woman were escorted from his home by police.

Leiby had been due to meet his mother soon after the summer camp he was attending but failed to show up.

Community Rabbi Bernard Freilich told WNBC his parents are totally ‘devastated’  after having been informed that his body had been recovered.

Leiby disappeared after getting lost as he walked home alone. He was last seen on CCTV, walking behind a bearded man in a white shirt and dark trousers, who emerged from a dentist’s office.

Employees at the dentist’s gave officers the man’s name and address and he was arrested 40 minutes later.

There is no reason to suspect the man previously knew Leiby, police said.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Post:

‘The boy is standing alone at some point. The male crosses the street in his direction and the boy follows him,’ adding it was not known if they had exchanged words.

Another source told the Daily News:

‘He [the suspect] has no excuse. He doesn’t know why he did it.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind today confirmed the body which had been found was that of the missing child.

His remains were discovered by officers inside a black garbage bag hidden in a red suitcase which was found in the bin.

‘I’ve never seen a community feel more depression than they are at the moment,’

he told NY1.

‘Whoever did this is sick beyond belief.’

Hikind said the suspected killer is Jewish.

‘It’s just a horror for every parent,’

he added, speaking to CBS.

‘It’s just a tragedy today for everyone in New York.’

‘That this is possible, an innocent nine-year-old is walking the streets, and that there are human beings out there – at least we call them that – who would do this. There’s no reason for it, it’s just beyond horror.’

Jacob Daskel, a coordinator with a local Borough Park Jewish patrol, said he is familiar with the suspect.

‘He’s a loner,’ he told the Daily News. ‘He lives with his parents.’

Leiby’s parents began sitting shiva – the Jewish practise of mourning – today after having the devastating news confirmed by police.

‘They’re distraught,’

Community member Simcha Bernath said. Leiby’s father, Nachman Kletzky, was comforted at his home yesterday by four rabbis while his wife rested for the first time since their son went missing, he added.

Hundreds of volunteers joined the hunt for the boy.

As well as offering help, people – some complete strangers to the family – have also stumped up $100,000 as a reward for information leading to the boy’s whereabouts.

‘It’s quite amazing. Money is just coming in from people who just want to express their concern and want to do something,’

Jacob Daskal, a member of the Shomrin volunteer civilian patrol, told the New York Post.

‘The amount has grown on the part of business people throughout the community. We started out this morning with just $5,000,’

he added.

‘Volunteers have been out there all night searching backyards, front yards, anywhere where a child could possibly be,’

said state Assemblyman Dov Hikinds.

Watch the surveillance footage that was used to solve this case:


Parents should learn from this story and always keep in mind of the unexpected.  I also hope the same quick reaction that police enforcement and local community members used on this case, is used on all missing child cases of all races and economic backgrounds. 

:: JR§

Pete Rock speaks ON THE RIOT AT “Monumental” Album Release Party!!

New York record producer/rapper Pete Rock, rap group Smif-N-Wessun, and hundreds of their supporters gathered in New York’s Lower East Side on Tuesday to celebrate the release of their album, “Monumental”.

The night was marred by violence when members of the NYPD used excessive force to quell what they thought was an unruly crowd.

However, eyewitness testimony and cell phone video tell a very different story. Pete Rock’s wife Shara Mchayle, their daughter Jade and several other patrons suffered injuries at hands of the police. Jade was arrested and detained in handcuffs overnight for trying to protect her mother from aggressive officers.

Rock, Mchayle, and their attorney Kenneth Montgomery held a press conference Thursday at Manhattan Criminal Court to shed light on the events of that night and to seek justice for those involved.

NewsOne and its associated site, TheUrbanDaily, collaborated to bring you the exclusive interview with Pete Rock below:

I’m sure you have heard of the melee that took place with Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun earlier this week. If not, listen to the iconic producer/rapper speak on ‘the Gods tryna’ build and the pigs gettin’ ill.’
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