Sunday, December 28, 2008

Shake, rattle and roll

This gives a whole new meaning to the term "Quakers".

I'm just kidding, you know.

It's a pun. BTW I did my Master's thesis research in Geology not too far from this area.

Mild earthquake shakes Lancaster County
By Steve Esack Of The Morning Call

A minor earthquake rattled Lancaster County early Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The 3.3 magnitude quake hit at 12:04 a.m., according to Dale Grant, a geophysicist at the USGS's 24-hour earthquake monitoring office in Golden, Colo."We consider this a very minor event, something local," Grant said.

Tell that to people of Lancaster County.
More than 1,000 residents called the county 911 center after feeling the tremors, according to the emergency dispatch center. No injuries were reported as of 12:30 a.m.The USGS Web site shows the quake was centered in the Salunga-Landisville area. It was felt in Philadelphia and Baltimore, too.

Grant said his office received calls from Lancaster County emergency dispatch and Three Mile Island Nuclear Facility."Three Mile Island always calls us when something is happening," Grant said. "They see what is happening on their seismographs."

George Warner, a resident of Lititz in north Lancaster County, said he felt and heard two loud booms, about a second apart."It was a loud boom and I heard our China cabinet shake," he said in a phone interview. "Then there was a second boom and I looked around the house to see if there was something that was the source. My guess was it was an earthquake. There was no damage."

The earthquake was the seventh minor one to hit the state since early October, according to USGS data. The tremors were centered around a 23-mile radius of Saturday morning's quake. They occurred: Oct. 5, 19, 20 and 23.