Did you feel the earthquake?

By The Intersection | August 23, 2011 7:10 pm

This is a guest post from Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader and Science For Citizens, and a contributing editor at Discover Magazine.

Did you feel the earthquake? Here are three ways you can report earthquake-related information and contribute to a global map of critical earthquake data.
Did you feel it? Help researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey learn more about the recent earthquake that shook parts of the east coast. Did you feel it? Share information and contribute to a map of shaking intensities and damage.

The US Geological Survey’s Twitter Earthquake Detection Program gathers real-time, earthquake-related messages from Twitter and applies place, time, and keyword filtering to gather geo-located accounts of shaking

Stanford University’s Quake-Catcher Network links existing networked laptops and desktops in hopes to form the world’s largest and densest earthquake monitoring system.

For a basic primer on earthquakes, here’s more from Science Cheerleader, Christine.

For more citizen science projects you can do, visit Science For Citizens, a partner in the Changing Planet series produced by Discover magazine, NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation.


Comments (5)

  1. Sherry Lee

    We live in Creemore, Ontario, Canada and did feel the earthquake yesterday at approximately 1355 in the afternoon. We are about 1 hr northwest of Toronto. 2 of my collegues felt really weird and nauseated, blurred vision and my legs felt like jello. It lasted for a few seconds. I said “I bet there was an earthquake” we looked it up on internet and sure enough….there was one a few minutes earlier.

  2. I’m in Niagara Falls and we felt the earthquake here too – unbelievable how far the range of it was

  3. Bob

    In South Carolina, some felt it here but not many. Surprised you felt it so far North and yet we didn’t so close to the South.

  4. Darlene

    Felt it on Long beach Island, NJ. House is built on pilings. We swayed a bit.

  5. Joel

    I live in London Ontario. It is southwest of Toronto and we didnt feel anything. I find it hard to believe that people in Ontario acutally felt the eathquake, but some people say that they did.

    Having lived abroad and experienced big earthquakes, I can assume that anything we felt in Canada (if we actually did feel it) was probably the tiniest, most insignificant earth movement ever.

    Youd probably feel more from a train passing by.


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