Tuesday, August 23, 2011
5.9 magnitude quake rocks East Coast
Aug-23-2011--A 5.9 magnitude quake center in Virginia rocks the East Coast, with tremors felt as far south as North Carolina, as far north as Buffalo and Boston, and as far west as Detroit.
The Washington Post quotes a a USGS official as saying,
"We would certainly expect aftershocks."
The USGS suggests that the quake is the largest to originate in Virginia since May 31, 1897.
The USGS says the quake was centered at a depth of 4.6 miles.
In "the East Coast you have this old hard, cold crust that does a lovely job of transmitting the waves," says Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
"This large of an earthquake …. could definitely have been felt hundreds of miles away."
In "the East Coast you have this old hard, cold crust that does a lovely job of transmitting the waves," says Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the US Geological Survey.
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