I feel the earth move!

How nerdy can this be? I was blogging when a very small, but seemingly rare earthquake rumbled through my neighborhood. My feet firmly planted on the floor, I felt a sustained vibration of the house with windows and pictures rattling. Nothing fell. Nothing broke. It was a very unusual experience, however. I reported my very unscientific observations to the Seismology guys as the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards program.

The official USGS report on event "usceaf"
A minor earthquake occurred at 03:09:41 (UTC) on Thursday, August 25, 2005. The magnitude 3.8 event has been located in NORTH CAROLINA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Magnitude 3.8

Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 03:09:41 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 11:09:41 PM = local time at epicenter

35.878°N, 82.797°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program

* 4 km (2 miles) ESE (122°) from Hot Springs, NC
* 14 km (9 miles) NW (308°) from Marshall, NC
* 23 km (14 miles) WNW (284°) from Mars Hill, NC
* 40 km (25 miles) NNW (327°) from Asheville, NC
* 104 km (64 miles) E (95°) from Knoxville, TN
* 564 km (350 miles) SSW (207°) from Pittsburgh, PA

Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 7.8 km (4.8 miles); depth fixed by location program

Nst= 28, Nph= 28, Dmin=100.1 km, Rmss=1.42 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type="Nuttli" surface wave magnitude (MLg), Version=6


Event ID usceaf

qv: USGS Event Link

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.