Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Virginia Earthquake

. Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale Tuesday afternoon local time, August 23, 2011, rocked the territory of the United States, ranging from Anderson in South Carolina to Toronto, Canada. The shock of earthquake was also felt in the White House, the Pentagon (U.S. Defense Department), and Capitol Hill (Congress Building).

Furor occurred when thousands of workers in the White House, Pentagon, and various skyscrapers buildings in New York City run came pouring out. In fact, employees at the Pentagon had thought there were terrorist attacks.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was centered Louisa, about 64 kilometers north of the City of Richmond, Virginia State, with a depth of nearly 3.7 miles. Two old nuclear reactor that is not far from the epicenter immediately turned off. There is no tsunami early warning as a result of this earthquake.

USGS spokesperson said that this is the strongest quake that struck Virginia since 1897. This is one of the largest earthquake that hit the east coast of America in recent decades. Massive earthquake that ever hit Washington just 3.6 on the Richter Scale on July 16, 2010. So far no reports of casualties or damage except in Virginia.


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