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Aug-24-2011 00:23printcomments

U.S. East Coast Rocks in a Whole New Way....

The USGS estimates several million earthquakes occur in the world each year. Many go undetected because they hit remote areas.

The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is among the facilities in the nation's capitol closed for now, due to the quake. vPhoto courtesy: isitingdc.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - How would you like to be in an east coast high rise office when everything begins trembling, shaking... that is exactly what happened Tuesday when the east coast was struck by an earthquake that was centered near Mineral.

Millions felt the quake though there were only a handful of reports involving serious injuries. Same for property damage; this won't be a big financial hit, however it is a humbling reminder that as we continually build new potentially deadly nuclear power facilities, we continue to raise the odds.

Of course who needs to tell the story of Fukushima now, people already know. However they may not all realize that Japan has essentially turned its back on those residents, refusing to help them resettle out of the contaminated, radioactive areas. We're covered it at length, it is not a pretty story.

Jack Nounan sent the following information to Salem-News.com today, which shows us how frequently these 'unusual' events actually take place on this planet.

 Earthquake Statistics. . .

neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqstats.html - CachedSimilar
 The USGS estimates several million earthquakes occur in the world each year. Many go undetected because they hit remote areas                        


      SIGNIFICANT QUAKES  TO DATE: 2011
  
    * Magnitude 5.8 VIRGINIA August 23, 2011
    * Magnitude 5.3 COLORADO August 23, 2011
    * Magnitude 4.6 COLORADO August 22, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.0 VANUATU August 20, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.1 VANUATU August 20, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN August 19,


    * Magnitude 6.8 NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. July 31, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.7 SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS July 29, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.1 KYRGYZSTAN July 19, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN July 10, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.6 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION July 06, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.2 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA June 24, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.0 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND June 13, 2011
    * Magnitude 5.8 WESTERN TURKEY May 19, 2011
    * Magnitude 5.1 SPAIN May 11, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.8 LOYALTY ISLANDS May 10, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.9 SOLOMON ISLANDS April 23, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.1 EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN April 11, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.1 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN April 07, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.5 VERACRUZ, MEXICO April 07, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.7 SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA April 03, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.8 MYANMAR March 24, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.6 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN March 22, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.3 VANUATU March 17, 2011
    * Magnitude 9.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN March 11, 2011
    * Magnitude 5.4 MYANMAR-CHINA BORDER REGION March 10, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.5 NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA March 09, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.2 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN March 09, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.6 SOLOMON ISLANDS March 07, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.5 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION March 06, 2011
    * Magnitude 4.7 ARKANSAS February 28, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.1 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND February 21, 2011
    * Magnitude 4.1 ARKANSAS February 18, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.6 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE February 14, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.8 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE February 11, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.5 CELEBES SEA February 10, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.2 SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN January 18, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.0 LOYALTY ISLANDS January 13, 2011
    * Magnitude 6.6 VANUATU January 09, 2011
    * Magnitude 4.1 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA January 08, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.1 ARAUCANIA, CHILE January 02, 2011
    * Magnitude 7.0 SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA January 01, 2011


Report: AP  Aug. 23
      A 5.9 earthquake in Virginia was felt in Washington, New York City and North Carolina. Buildings swayed, damage reports began trickling in. . . the largest quake in Virginia in more than a century.

      Epicenter appeared to be in Louisa County, about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, not far from Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna nuclear plant, where the earthquake knocked out power, but the utility manually shut down both nuclear units, no damage apparent utility said.


Number of Significant Earthquakes by Year

          8.0-9.9    7.0-7.9      6.0-6.9     5.0-5.9      5.0-9.9      killed

2008    0       12      168     1,768   1,948   88,011
2009    1       16      144     1,896   2,057   1,790
2010    1       21      151     1,963   2,136   320,159


No Compromise!
 End Nuclear Power Now!




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