Holy shit, you guys, we just felt an earthquake.

Everyone’s on the phone and people as far away as Charlottesville and Roanoke felt the tremors – that’s an hour away in two different directions.

Does anyone know what happened?

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  1. Ah, I miss a good California earthquake now and again.

    So, what happened? Three types =
    SUBDUCTION ZONES – The boundries where two plates collide, and one is pushed down under the other is called a subduction zone. Most all very large earthquake occur within subduction zones. (most common on west coast, things bounce and crumble.) TRANSFORM BOUNDRY – When two plates slide past each other, this is a transform boundry. Earthquakes also occur at this type of fault. (Rolling sensation, things sway or snap.) EXTENSIONAL BOUNDRY – Two tectonic plates move apart when hot magma pushes up thru the Earth's crust, breaking it. This extensional movement at the crust allows for the magma to push up to form new crust in the space that was made. Earthquakes occur due to the pressure, and breaking of rock. (rare, shit gets swallowed up)

    heh. So, there's your answer. I can tell you this, the shit be scary when it gets hard enough and throws you out of bed at 2:10 in the morning.

  2. ever? darling, darling. that's awesome.

    i have this morbid love for earthquakes. they've usurped the tsunami as my favorite natural disaster.

  3. come on out to cali and soon you'll be a pro, like me. The first bump usually tells you whether its one that will be fun to just ride with, or whether it's time to run for cover.

  4. Really felt it in Newport News – water splashed out of the fishtank above my desk and I got all wet. “No damage” my fishy-smelling ass. It was still cool though.

  5. HOLY CRAP, MAN! We learned about tectonic plates and such in earth science a little while ago, and it's proven that fault lines run straight around the James river and we have little ones everywhere, so ya know….it's not unlikely. We just don't get big ones because they're deeper in the earth then say…California's.

  6. Earthquakes occur due to movement of tectonic plates, which results in breaking of rock. Strain accumulates in the Earth along faults by the movement of tectonic plates. When the earth “rocks” fail, the strain built up is suddenly released, making seismic waves. When plates collide, the earthquake is the result from the collision.

    Nature, greater than the rest of us.

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