Virginia Earthquake

In case you haven’t heard a 5.9 earthquake hit Virginia just outside of Richmond. I felt it in Durham, NC and Kevin felt it out on the coast.  Reports from Twitter indicate it was also felt up in Boston.  If you felt it, you can log into the USGS website and report your local conditions.  A great use of citizen scientists to collect data that will be of great utility to the USGS.  The above map displays 612 responses so far that begin to indicate how the earthquake dissipated.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Virginia Earthquake
  1. Seems to have knocked reports of last night’s So. Colorado shake out of the news..

    It was pretty scary here in DC. Those of us who have visited Mineral VA (epicenter) were glad to learn that the nearby nuclear power plamt on Lake Anna switched to back-up generators without any reported hiches.

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