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The 2011 Virginia earthquake: what are scientists learning?

January 1, 2012

Nearly 1 year ago, on 23 August, tens of millions of people in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada were startled in the middle of their workday (1:51 P.M. local time) by the sudden onset of moderate to strong ground shaking from a rare magnitude (M) 5.8 earthquake in central Virginia. Treating the shaking as if it were a fire drill, millions of workers in Washington, D. C., New York City, and other eastern cities hurriedly exited their buildings, exposing themselves to potentially greater danger from falling bricks and glass; “drop, cover, and hold” would have been a better response. Fortunately, the strong shaking stopped after about 5 seconds and did not cause widespread severe damage or serious injuries.

Publication Year 2012
Title The 2011 Virginia earthquake: what are scientists learning?
DOI 10.1029/2012EO330001
Authors J. Wright Horton, Robert A. Williams
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Index ID 70045164
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geologic Hazards Science Center