Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Shakes South Carolina

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred near the Georgia and South Carolina state line last night.

The temblor’s epicenter was 33.812°N 82.063°W which is about 7 miles from Edgefield, SC. The focus of the earthquake was set at 3 miles beneath the surface.

If you want to see other earthquake activity, check out this tool.

I don’t see where fracking is going on nearby, so that probably can’t be blamed.

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Virginia Earthquake: East Coast’s Gomer Pyle Moment

Today’s earthquake in Virginia has prompted—no doubt about it—such headlines as “East Coast’s Wake Up Call” and “East Coast’s Brush With Disaster,” but I’m taking a more light-hearted look at today’s seismic event.

Gomer Pyle
Gomer Pyle
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My reaction and the reaction of many other East Coasters can best be described as Gomer Pylesque. Sitting at the kitchen table with my kid, I suddenly felt the house vibrating as if hit by some kind of low frequency or bass sound waves; the house really shook, but not violently, just a gentle whoom whoom whoom type thing. I’m used to feeling a little tremor once in while when the quarry sets off some ANFO so I just waited for it to pass, and waited, and waited, then the realization that we were actually having an earthquake dawned on me. I was like, “Shazam! That’s an earthquake!” Knowing that no one was hurt [at the time of this writing] I can say that it was truly an amazingly funny moment.

I know all you earthquake veterans are unmoved by all this, and that you evacuated buildings and took precautions as soon as the first tremor hit, but we East Coasters have never experienced the earth moving beneath our feet, moved by a force that no one but God could ever command or control. We were truly stunned and amazed.

That was fun, but I’ll end on a more serious note. Now that we all recognize that we too are vulnerable, let’s take time to learn what our West Coast brethern already know. Let’s learn earthquake safety protocols and let our elected representatives initiate code changes to construct safer buildings and secure our infrastructure against future events.

If you felt today’s earthquake, report it to the USGS.

A special note to Jim Nabors: we miss you, hope you’re doing well our friend.

Ahhh, now I think I’ll go turn on the TV and watch some earthquake coverage. Good night.

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Earthquake in North Carolina!

An earthquake has just occurred in North Carolina. News sources are trying to confirm.

Shaking was confirmed in Raleigh and in Rocky Mount.

WRAL is reporting that a preliminary magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred in Virginia today.

The earthquake was centered at 37.975°N, 77.969°W which is near Louisa and Mineral, VA

The earthquake struck at 1:51 and was felt up and down the U.S. east coast.

WRAL said just what I was thinking, that this 5.8 magnitude earthquake could set off other seismic events.

If you felt today’s earthquake, report it to the USGS.

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Why Aren’t Japanese Looting?

Good question…why aren’t the Japanese looting? Why aren’t they killing each other in the street? Where’s the mayhem, the anarchy?

If Japan’s disaster had been in America, there would be looting everywhere with open warfare in the streets. There would be complete anarchy…

Here’s what Thomas Lifson at American Thinker has to say:

Foreign observers are noting with curiosity and wonder that the Japanese people in disaster-plagued areas are not looting for desperately-needed supplies like bottled water. This behavior contrasts sharply with what has so often happened in the wake of catastrophes elsewhere, such as Haiti, New Orleans, Chile, and the UK, to name only a few. Most people chalk up the extraordinary good behavior to Japanese culture, noting the legendary politeness of Japanese people in everyday life.

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Japanese Woman Weeping Amidst Destruction

The Daily Mail has an article with a photograph of a Japanese woman sitting on a road, weeping amidst nothing but destruction around her.

Article [ LINK ] Photo [ LINK ]

Everything she knows is gone; a home, friends, family, civilization; what will she do now? How will she survive? Stunning photo and time for some introspection on our part, not to mention a little help.

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Japan To Rethink Nuclear Energy Policy: Lawmaker

Japanese parliamentarian Marutei Tsurunen says the current nuclear crisis will cause Japan to “reappraise” its policy on nuclear energy:

Tsurunen told YLE, “We have relied on nuclear power for the generation of electricity and now we face a crisis. This demands a complete reappraisal of policy on nuclear energy. Now we know it can be dangerous especially because of the tsunami factor.“

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USS Ronald Reagan Sailors Exposed To Nuclear Radiation

Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The effects of the radioactive plumes from the problematic nuclear reactors have spread further afield, with US government officials telling reporters crew members on the deck of USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to about a month’s worth of radiation in one hour when the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailed through the Pacific.

I’m wondering if people in the region should begin iodine prophylaxis?

I apologize for the earlier error indicating that USS George Washington sailors had been exposed when it was actually sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan.

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Casualties Mount In Japan

Like most of the world, I’ve watched television coverage of Japan’s tsunami/earthquake disaster in stunned silence.

To see so much suffering, knowing people have lost husbands, wives, children, brothers, and sisters is so overwhelming; it leaves your heart so heavy.

For those that have lost a loved one, we offer our heartfelt condolences.

Japan, you’re in our hearts, our thoughts and prayers; we’re remembering you everyday.

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Hawaii And US West Coast Brace For Tsunami

Hawaii, the US west coast and points between are bracing for a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan.

The earthquake is now being called “historic,” the fifth largest in history.

Japanese casualties are said to be about 3 dozen and climbing.

KHON in Hawaii is live, anticipating about a 6 ft. tsunami shortly.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people during this time of tragedy and destruction.

Tremendous outpouring of anger by Twitter users at a CNN anchor that reportedly laughed and giggled while reporting the tragedy in Japan.

Stars and Stripes is reporting that USS George Washington, anchored at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was moved away from the pier by the quake. Crew noticed the water level had dropped by 6 feet. The ship was moving so much, it felt like they were underway.

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