A little ways up Broad Street in Reading, PA (OK so it is quite a ways up Broad Street) a small earthquake hit. The US Geological Survey is stating it was a 2.5 in magnitude. Certainly nothing like our friends out in Los Angeles or San Francisco are used to but I’m sure that the massive quake today certainly got some folks scared.

According to the USGS a 2.0 quake is hardly felt by people I guess it was lucky for those folks that they got a 2.5 magnitude quake or they probably never would have known how much in danger they really were.

Joking aside, I seem to remember my 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Tamaro telling us that the Philadelphia / Bucks County area is actually on one of the biggest fault lines in the United States but it is just less active than the San Andreas line. Can anyone verify that?, because I am much too lazy today to look that up.

3 Comments so far

  1. TrekMedic251 (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

    I remember years ago, when I was working in the Allentown area, a few little earth-twitches hit Hamburg and Fleetwood and someone said the Berks area was sitting on a fairly large fault. It was also the reason they have such a problem with radon gas, too.

    Something to do with granite and the lower end of the Pocono Mountains?

    Sorry I don’t have much more to offer.

  2. Mel (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    I also remember being told we were on a major fault line in school.

  3. Ken (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    NYC has a pretty major fault line that has luckily been unactive.

    The earthquake of record for this area occurred in Wilmington, DE…a 5.1.

    Most people don’t realize that Eastern PA is in fact subject to earthquakes. The USGS ranks it moderate-to-low. It used to be low but state geological agencies discovered proof and convinced USGS to raise it.

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