Thursday, August 25, 2011

What’s Shaken? (The Sequel)

Since Tuesday's tremors on the East Coast, all Federal buildings were closed briefly to allow for safety inspections. Virtually all in the DC area were re-opened after a day or so. Meanwhile, here's something else I didn't feel at all:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast this week has produced at least seven aftershocks ... following the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II ... the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado ... isn't sure what to expect, but it's likely there will be some more for days, if not weeks. Typically, the larger the quake, the longer and the greater extent of aftershocks.

In a related story, questions have arisen as to whether some older buildings on the East Coast would withstand an earthquake of greater scale than two days ago.

Let's hope we never have to find out.

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