Posted by: Amanda | May 6, 2008

Ridiculousness followed by some facts

There was an earthquake today in Virginia.  1.8 on the richter scale.   1.8   and  IT MADE THE NEWS!!!


Update (or backdate rather)  I know I shouldn’t make fun of easterners and their fear of eathquakes, because nothing scares me like a tornado sky. But I also recalled the mini lecture I got from a good friend the last time I made derisive comments about people freaking out over minor quakes:


To further your education concerning the “big one” that’ll probably not even occur in California.  Our government actually has more disaster plans to deal with New Madrid than any fault line in CA. The problem is that New Madrid is not active and releasing the energy. Fascinating reading online if you get the chance.

(me again inserting – the quote below is from wikiedia and if you go there, there are lots of links that didn’t transfer from the original email discussion)

The New Madrid Earthquake, the largest earthquake ever recorded in the contiguous United States, occurred on February 7, 1812. (The largest recorded earthquake in the entire United States was the Alaskan Good Friday Earthquake on March 27, 1964.) It got its name from its primary location in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, near New Madrid, Louisiana Territory (now Missouri).

This earthquake was preceded by three other major quakes: two on December 16, 1811, and one on January 23, 1812. These earthquakes destroyed approximately half the town of New Madrid. There were also numerous aftershocks in the area for the rest of that winter.

There are estimates that the earthquakes were felt strongly over 50,000 square miles (130,000 km²), and moderately across nearly one million square miles. The historic San Francisco earthquake of 1906, by comparison, was felt moderately over 6,000 square miles (16,000 km²).



  1. Well…I’m glad everyone is okay even if it was a tiny earthquake! I think I would be totally freaked!!! But hey…throw a tornado at me and I’m cool! LOL!!!!!

    I love the new blog look! Miss talking to you!

  2. We had a 3.8 earthquake here in the summer of 2006. It wasn’t scary, as much as really interesting.

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