Saturday, July 17, 2010

Earthquake strikes Maryland

Gaithersburg, Maryland, encountered one of the largest earthquakes since 1974 today. It was an earthquake of 3.6 magnitudes.
The USGS reported a magnitude of 5.8 for the aftershock
At 5 a.m., on Friday, Gaithersburg, Maryland was hit by an earthquake of 3.6 magnitudes and its epicenter was 20 miles northwest of Washington.

Friday's earthquake was the largest earthquake in Gaithersburg, since an earthquake of 3.0 magnitudes struck the region in 1974.

An hour after the earthquake, aftershocks were felt across Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware. Around 5,500 people reported about the aftershocks across the states. However, no casualties, injuries or damages have been reported so far.

According to the USGC National Earthquake Information Centre, more aftershocks are to be expected next day and maybe the entire week.

The last earthquake that Maryland experienced was in 2007 and was of 1.7 magnitudes, according to the USGC National Earthquake Information Centre. The epicenter of the 8th October 2007 earthquake was about 5 miles northwest of Baltimore.