Strong earthquake shakes up the East Coast

by Anonymous on Aug. 23rd, 2011

Location of East Coast earthquake
Location of East Coast earthquakeCourtesy USGS
I got a text from my oldest son today that read: "Just felt my first earthquake." What's weird is my son lives in Brooklyn, NY. It's probably the last text message I'd ever expect to get from him. But there was indeed an earthquake on the East Coast this afternoon, a rather large one, in fact. The magnitude 5.8 trembler was centered in Virginia and could be felt as far north as New England and as far south as Georgia. A nuclear plan near the epicenter was shut down, as were some government buildings in Washington, DC. Callan Bentley, an associate professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College who blogs on the American Geophysical Union's Blogosphere website, has posted some excellent information about it here.

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mdr says:

The National Zoo in Washington, DC has posted some interesting information about how the animals there reacted to the earthquake. Here's the link:

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/AnimalCare/News/earthquake.cfm

(Via the Bell Museum's Facebook page)

posted on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:36am

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