Earthquake Hits East Coast

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Earthquakes have been hitting various places across the United States today. A quake of a reported 5.8 magnitude hit the east coast.

According to The Weather Channel, the quake's epicenter was in Virginia and reports claim that it was felt in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Toronto and Ottawa.

Prelim 5.8 Earthquake epicenter about 34 miles NW of Richmond, VA. 87 miles SW of DC. Begin felt as far north as #NYC and New Jersey. 39 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Businesses are already exploiting the quake:

Hey people WE ARE SERIOUS. We are having an earthquake party. If you have been evacuated join us for 20% off Milkshakes! 19 minutes ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto

Some are already making jokes at Redskins' QB Rex Grossman's expense:

BREAKING - 5.9 magnitude Earthquake in DC area caused by God's laughter at Rex Grossman's playoff prediction. 21 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

CNN tweets that the quake was felt in Martha's Vineyard, where President Obama is:

Breaking News-- #earthquake hits east coast of the United States -- 5.8 magnitude. Quake felt in NY, DC, Martha's Vineyard--where Obama is. 35 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Some are blaming Obama himself for the quake:

The earthquake in DC is Obama's fault, too. 45 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

While there have been plenty of evacuations (including at the Pentagon), we've yet to see any reports of damage or injury from the quake.

It's always interesting to see the different perspectives on the weather on Twitter (probably why they just announced a new partnership with the Weather Channel).

The quake isn't the only weather event that's currently on Twitter's trending topics. Hurricane Irene is also on there at the moment. More on that here.

One really interesting aspect of this whole earthquake thing is that there was also a quake in Colorado last night - the strongest in the state since the 70s, according to reports. In fact, there have been quite a few around the country in the last day. Look at this map from Intellicast:

Intellicast quake map

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.