Friday, July 16, 2010

~ Earthquake in Maryland?!?! ~

Last night, I didn't sleep well.  Well, more like this morning.  I was having a bad dream I thought.  My whole house was shaking, but only for a few moments.  I kinda woke up, confused and went back to bed.  Then, my dog was whining and whimpering.  He usually doesn't do that.  So, I got up to see what was wrong with him, but he seems fine.  It was a little after 5am.

I just found out that it was an earthquake!  According to CBS, it was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Rockville MD.  But, looking at the map from USGS, the center was right in Germantown!  Lalate News stated that the epicenter was "The quake was literally center just a short distance off the 270 highway at the Germantown exit of Middlebrook Road. The quake mapping shows its epicenter just yards from the Germantown Shopping Center."  I live just a few blocks from there!!

It was a small earthquake and only lasted a few seconds, but this is the first earthquake I have ever experienced!  What's going on here?  First, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake in Toronto/Ottawa last month and now another earthquake here.  Is the East Coast turning into the West Coast?  No wonder the ants were going crazy yesterday!  I have never seen so many ants in front of my house, just crazily running around.  Wonder if there'll be aftershocks today?

2 comments:

Monica said...

I doubt you'd feel the aftershock of a 3.6...I don't I would have even felt the 3.6.... there are a lot of tiny quakes going around everywhere in the world, and also the big ones we all know about already.

The Beading Gem said...

That's no big news to some scientists who predicted quite a while ago that the Great Lakes area is really more seismically active than previously thought.

http://newsrelease.uwaterloo.ca/news.php?id=235

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