TribLIVE

| Home


Weather Forecast
 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Geologists find East Coast quakes travel farther

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
 

RICHMOND, Va. -- The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2011 Virginia-centered earthquake shows that East Coast tremors can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

The agency estimates that about one-third of the U.S. population could have felt the magnitude 5.8 tremor. That's more than any earthquake in U.S. history.

The earthquake centered about 50 miles northwest of Richmond caused more than $200 million in damage.

And scientists found the quake triggered landslides at distances four times farther and over an area 20 times larger than previous research quakes has shown.

The findings are being presented Tuesday at the Geological Society of America conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Officials say the information will be used for risk assessments and emergency preparedness.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
  2. Distracted Steelers show nothing in loss to Eagles
  3. Records: Steelers RB Bell admitted smoking pot before traffic stop but denied being high
  4. Police charge Oakmont man in fatal Penn Hills shooting
  5. Woman shot dead, mother wounded in Hill District shooting
  6. Police identify victim of deadly Homewood shooting
  7. Children’s Museum teaming up for Eric Carle exhibit
  8. Uniontown PNC Bank robbery suspects surrender
  9. NFL could delay punishment
  10. AT&T offers customers option to text 911
  11. Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.