TribLIVE

| Home


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

Geologists find East Coast quakes travel farther

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Associated Press

Published: 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. Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
  2. Five years later, Crosby wants another Cup win
  3. Starkey: Fleury’s future at stake
  4. South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying
  5. Penguins’ Malkin expects to play in Game 1
  6. Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class
  7. Pirates notebook: Wandy Rodriguez experiencing decline in fastball velocity
  8. PNC posts 7 percent rise in 1Q profit
  9. Men charged in Washington Co. girl’s slaying to stand trial
  10. Blue Jackets confident as they wade into postseason
  11. Pitt wraps up spring football practice with closeness, competition
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.