The question now involves what kind of aftershocks we can expect to see.
Rare earthquake rattles Northern Virginia
It happened at 1:53 p.m. Just an ordinary Tuesday afternoon — until Mother Nature decided to shake things up.
The strongest earthquake to hit Virginia since May 1897 — 5.8 in magnitude — rattled the East Coast, turning the ordinary Tuesday to chaos.
Cell phones were jammed, buildings were evacuated and emergency dispatchers couldn’t keep up with all the calls.
Shaking ground and swaying buildings sent panicked people rushing for exits, pouring into streets or diving under desks. For some in Washington and New York and elsewhere along the East Coast, their first thoughts turned to terrorism — not nature.
According to the USGS, the strongest earthquake on record that originated in Virginia occurred May 31, 1897. The epicenter of the 5.8 quake was in Giles County, where on May 3, an earlier tremor at Pulaski, Radford, and Roanoke had caused damage.
New York City, Washington Buildings Shake as 5.8 Earthquake Hits Virginia
The quake struck as residents of Mid-Atlantic states prepared for Hurricane Irene, which is forecast to strike the North Carolina coast this weekend.
“It’s very unusual for an earthquake of this size on the East Coast,” said Thomas Hillman Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, in a telephone interview. “It’s a moderate-size earthquake, and on the East Coast they tend to be felt over a much larger area.”
“This is a good reminder that even on the East Coast you want to be prepared,” he said. There is a risk of aftershocks, he said.
"Rare" and "Unusual" quakes. Not only this quake today, but we were reading almost identical headlines just yesterday regarding the Colorado quakes.
Remember: Jesus said we'd not only see earthquakes in this era, but we would see them in "diverse places" as well. Indeed.