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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

  • August 23, 2011

UPDATED: Earthquake Shakes U.S. East Coast

Minutes ago, our 17-story building swayed side to side for a few seconds. Why? A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia, according to the U.S.

August 23, 2011 — David Biello

How do earthquakes stop?

David Oglesby, a geophysicist at the University of California, Riverside, shakes out a response.

April 9, 2008

The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

A lack of rumbling does not necessarily make an earthquake harmless. Some of the quiet types could presage devastating tsunamis or larger, ground-shaking shocks

September 15, 2008 — Peter Cervelli

The Earthquake App -- circa 1859

Okay, so we all had a swell time: the floor starts jiggling like a jello-mold, and those of us who didn't run outside ran to Twitter, and it was on .

August 24, 2011 — Scott Huler

Could a big earthquake reduce Manhattan to rubble someday?

A new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University says there’s more seismic activity around the Big Apple than previously thought. Researchers also say they discovered a new active fault line running from Stamford, Conn., 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) west toward the Hudson River.

August 22, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

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