Monday, May 18, 2009

Earthquake Hits Los Angeles Sunday Night

I was checking my tweets on Twitter, Sunday night, when suddenly there was a change in the conversation as tweeple (Twitter people) began tweeting "did anyone else feel that?" and "was that an earthquake?"

Before CNN or any of the 24/7 news agencies could report the details, the twitterverse confirmed via the U.S. Geological Survey's web site that a 5.0 magnitude quake had struck at 8:39 p.m. PST. The USGA has since updated their data, reporting the quake registered 4.7 on the Richter Scale.

In a related story, tremors were also reported over the weekend along the Blue Ridge and Alleghany mountain ranges from Virginia to New England. A 3.0 quake centered in southwestern Roanoke County, Virginia was felt at about 4:20 a.m. EST on Saturday morning, about 20 miles from my home.

There were no reports of damage or injuries resulting from either event. (Click the image to embiggen.)

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