Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yes, Virginia, There Is an Earthquake

Funny, on the day Moammar Gaddafi took a powder and left his compound as rebels breached the compound’s walls, an earthquake registering a 5.8 on the Richter Scale hit the east coast of the United States Richmond, Virginia, to be exact. A temblor that reached right across the state line and shook Washington D.C.

What have those two events to do with each other? Nothing really. Nothing except for the fact that it is reported that people in the Pentagon thought another jet plane had been crashed into the building.

That was their first thought, I am told.

Now in California, where I hail from, when you heard a low rumble and then the ground shakes, you say to yourself “that’s an earthquake.” But on the east coast, now after 9/11, when that happens the first thing you think is that there is a terrorist attack.

In other words, the terrorists have won.

OK, you say, they don’t get that many earthquakes in Virginia, on the east coast.

Beg to differ. Here is a seismicity map of Virginia showing the epicenters of recent earthquakes.

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