brier August 26, 2011 No Comments

            Earthquakes were something I always thought of as an enigma. I’ve never been to the West Coast and a big reason I’ve never considered living there was because of the frequency of earthquakes. Why would I want to put myself in a place where I never know when the steady earth below me will begin to shake? Even though Florida didn’t really get a taste of this week’s earthquake, it piqued my curiosity as to how often this coast has experienced this natural phenomenon. Here’s some of what I found:

-1755: Boston/Cape Ann, Massachusetts. 6.0

-1886: Charleston, South Carolina. 7.3

-1897: Giles County, Virginia 5.9

-1884: New York City

-1979 AND 1980: New York and surrounding areas had 131 earthquakes of magnitude 1 to 5.

-1980: Philly had 5 different earthquakes.

-1980: Kentucky. 5.1

-2011: Mineral, Virginia. 5.9

            Many of these are just earthquakes that a LOT of people felt. If you check out Virginia Tech’s Seismological Observatory they have a whole list of at least ten earthquakes in Virginia LAST YEAR!  

            Also, since many of us Easterners have never experienced an earthquake until this week, please read up on some earthquake tips since I heard many of you were running outside or going to look out of windows! (BIG NO-NO’S)