Sunday, May 3, 2015

Landslides, of another kind

Virginia quake set off landslides; affected one-third of U.S. population.

Landslides, of another kind

Landslides that no one predicted occurred last year after that powerful earthquake, centered in central Virginia, that brought life to a halt in the Northeast on a summer day.

In a report released this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake set off landslides as far as 150 miles from the epicenter.

According to USGS, no quake in history has set off landslides so far from the epicenter, and that's  a function of the East's geology.

In all, up to a third of the U.S. population felt the effects of largest earthquake in the eastern United States.

Those who were around here may recall that when the quake hit, life came to a standstill briefly, as Center City offices emptied out and anyone who had one was dialing the cellphone to check on people they cared about.

The big daddy to hit the East was the one centered in Charleton, S.C., in 1886, which had an esimtated magnitude of 6.6 to 7.3.

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