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Higher earthquake risk
for eastern US

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/19/2014 5:50:03 PM

A new US geological survey indicates that some parts of the US are at an increased risk of earthquakes, especially along the east coast. New seismic hazard maps updated for the first time since 2008 show highest risk west but also increased risk east. "The eastern US has the potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous maps and assessments," the report states. The East Coast experienced one of its largest quakes for 100 years in 2011. The 5.8 magnitude quake was centred on rural Virginia but was felt by hundreds of thousands of people, including in Washington DC.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 7/19/2014 6:17:19 PM     (No. 9931964)

Did I miss the Memo? The US Geological Survey can now predict earthquakes? Why do I get the feeling these are the same folks who predict global warming/cooling/change...?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: justavoter, 7/19/2014 6:36:03 PM     (No. 9931984)

And how do you think the Appalachin Mtns got there?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: harleynyc, 7/19/2014 6:37:17 PM     (No. 9931985)

I think it´s more likely there would be a zombie or vampire uprising.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/19/2014 6:39:37 PM     (No. 9931991)

This is old news. Ever since I was a kid, there have been predictions that sooner or later the East Coast would be hit by quakes. I´ve experienced about six or seven very minor ones, maybe up to 2 on the Richter scale. Boston had a 6.2 quake in 1755.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: deepthinker, 7/19/2014 6:44:57 PM     (No. 9931998)

Bush´s fault. ´Nuff said.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TheMom, 7/19/2014 6:47:34 PM     (No. 9932002)

Did the earth move for you, too?


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 7/19/2014 9:16:53 PM     (No. 9932105)

When the won speaks... When the wookie shuffles. And I will call in the morning.....duh...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 7/19/2014 10:01:42 PM     (No. 9932133)

Well, the East Coast was opened up for oil drilling. That probably causes earthquakes.... riiiiight?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/19/2014 10:56:58 PM     (No. 9932185)

We felt earthquakes on the east coast when I was a child. Not new.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 7/19/2014 11:38:13 PM     (No. 9932211)

It´s because of global warming.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/19/2014 11:47:13 PM     (No. 9932217)

I´m not going to worry about it here in NY.

I experienced the Silmar quake in the early 70s and lots and lots of tremors in the SF Bay Area in the 70s and 80s.

If it happens ... it happens. I can´t waste my time thinking about it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/20/2014 1:37:01 AM     (No. 9932280)

What are we supposed to do about it?

I know, ban an future fracking! Right?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 7/20/2014 1:37:52 AM     (No. 9932281)

Does this mean the eastern U.S. will fall into the ocean and California will be an island?


#11 - I´m an alumni of the 1971 Sylmar quake, and the 1994 Northridge. (Grew up near Balboa and Sherman Way.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 7/20/2014 1:40:01 AM     (No. 9932283)

Forgot to add:

Earthquakes were a betting opportunity in our family. Feel a shaker? Guess the Richter scale and put your dollar on the kitchen table. Then we would wait for Lucy Jones from the USGS to announce the results. Closest guess won all the dollars.

Dad was a bit of gambler, but it put the whole experience into perspective.

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