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An Essential Guide to the U.S. East Coast Earthquake

On August 23, 2011, a rare, magnitude 5.8 quake struck in Virginia and jolted the East Coast. Here are stories about the event and background on earthquake science

The East Coast Earthquake in Pictures [Slide Show]

The staff at Scientific American's New York City office felt the August 23 earthquake and quickly snapped some shots of the scene in Manhattan

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Seconds Before the Big One: Progress in Earthquake Alarms

Earthquake detection systems can sound the alarm in the moments before a big tremor strikes—time enough to save lives

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