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BLOG: Let's talk earthquakes

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Obviously, earthquakes don’t fall under the “Meteorology” category. But we have pretty quiet weather around here for a while longer. Plus, there have been some pretty serious earthquakes in other parts of the world. There have been earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador the past few days. So let’s dive in.

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The USGS (United States Geological Survey) provides real time information about earthquakes in the US.

Just click on this link and the map will show you where seismic activity has been detected. If you click on the dots, you can see the location, how strong it was, the time and depth. There’s a lot of good information.

The bigger the circle, the stronger the earthquake. When there is a new quake, a new red circle will appear. In fact, since I started writing this, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake happened in Virginia City, Montana.

If you pull out farther, you can see the rest of the globe. You can see what’s happening all over the world.

A few years ago, there was an earthquake in Virginia that could be felt all along the east coast. If you ever feel what you think might be an earthquake, log onto the USGS site to see if anything has registered. You can get the info first!

(Now let’s hope we don’t need this new tool!)

-Leigh Brock

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