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Shake Rattle and Roll! The Science of Earthquakes

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Shake Rattle and Roll! The Science of Earthquakes

A rare, powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast United States on August 23. Damage was light, but millions of people were surprised and unnerved by the event. The earthquake occurred near Mineral, Virginia, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, DC. It was a shallow earthquake, and shaking was recorded all along the Appalachians, from Georgia to New England.  There have been several aftershocks and more are expected.

An earthquake is the result of a sudden...

Related Topics: earthquake, USGS, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)

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