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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aftershock: "Another Earthquake" in Virginia - What Really Caused It

Photo: Actual image of the damage caused by the earthquake in Virginia (source).

Americans on the West Coast have relished the opportunity to make fun of East Coast residents this week after an earthquake struck Virginia. Late Wednesday night, Californians had another laugh when aftershocks struck Virginia and residents took to Twitter to report "another earthquake" on the East Coast.

While it might be funny to West Coast residents, it is worth considering how scary it might have been to feel a heavy rumble in Washington D.C. mere days before the ten year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Thank goodness that wasn't what caused the rumble, but what did?

One of my colleagues, Jared Fuller, founder of YAL's Year of Youth program, said:

"Don't worry America - in D.C., that rumble we just felt was the debt ceiling collapsing, that's all."

But I've got another theory: I think the earthquake they felt in Virginia and Washington D.C. was all of our Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves at the same time!

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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