Washington DC Earthquake Wakes the Neighborhood


July 16, 2010

Washington DC Earthquake Wakes the Neighborhood

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jpg” alt=”” width=”270″ height=”181″ />WASHINGTON — For the first time in a long time the moving and shaking in Washington was not political. On Friday, it was actually the earth that moved on it’s own.
A very minor earthquake shook residents awake in the area; it rattled windows and jostled some dishes but other wise caused no serious damage.
And while most people living in quake zones might laugh at the 3.6-magnitude quake, Susan Potter, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey, said it was the strongest to hit within 30 miles of D.C. since they began keeping records in 1974.
Today’s quake hit at 5:04 a.m. EDT and the epicenter was in the Rockville, Md., area, said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. Baldwin said aftershocks could occur over the next couple days, but none had yet been reported. He said the aftershocks are typically of a smaller magnitude than the initial earthquake.
Police in Washington and in nearby Montgomery County, Md., said they received many calls from residents Friday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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