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Earthquake Rattles Some Norwalkers, Not Others

NORWALK, Conn. – Joey Hoyt thought he was going crazy. He had been sitting in a truck behind the Sunoco Station at 336 Main Ave. when something strange happened. When he walked back into the building no one else had noticed anything.

"I was sitting in the trailer out back," he said. "I thought I was going nuts. I felt it shake and I saw the mirrors on the truck shaking. Then I found out it was an earthquake. I thought it was just me."

Hoyt and other Norwalkers felt an earthquake. Its epicenter was about 80 miles south of Washington D.C., according to USA Today , which reports that it hit at about 1:51 p.m., lasted up to 45 seconds, and measured a preliminary 5.9. City Clerk Erin Halsey reported that her brother felt it in Fairfield, and Elisa Sampson, who works near Norwalk Hospital, said she had been told the glass was shaking in Wilton.

Sampson felt nothing herself in the medical office building at 30 Stevens St. "I was in Suite B and everybody was calling and saying, 'Did you feel it?' " she said. "In our Wilton office they felt it. The people on the [hospital's] fourth floor, they were saying they felt it, but in the little medical suites here we didn't feel it. In my Wilton office they told me the glass and everything was shaking."

Her co-worker's daughter called and said everything was shaking in their house off Main Avenue near the Sunoco station.

Workers at Jerry’s Artarama at 360 Main Ave. felt nothing. Todd Marsh, who lives in New Jersey, was surveying on Main Avenue and said "the ground shook." "It definitely shook," he said, "for five to 10 seconds."

Dennis Fabian, who works at the Sunoco station, said, "It felt like a big truck was going by."

Workers were on the phone with the owner of the station, Bobby Sherman, because they were concerned about another emergency. They said Sherman is in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Atlantis resort, where the windows are boarded up because of the threat of Hurricane Irene. "He can't get out," they said.

Hamide Gemalgi had been walking down Soundview Avenue near Brien McMahon High School when the ground shook and didn't feel anything. "I'm worried about the hurricane out in the ocean," she said, adding that her 11- and 14-year-old boys are scared. "It's going to touch Connecticut."

Gemalgi came to Norwalk from war-torn Kosovo 11 years ago, but she wasn't feeling a sense of security. She was surprised to hear there had been an earthquake, increasing her sense of anxiety. "I didn't feel it, I was out walking," she said. "It's up to the God now, I guess."

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