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5.9 Earthquake Hits East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Hits East Coast
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: U.S. Park Police work to keep people away from the area surrounding the Washington Monument after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. Police officers said that unidentified material had fallen off the Washington Monument as a result of the earthquake. All the monuments and buildings along the National Mall have been evacuated and closed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: A news ticker in Times Square comments on an earlier earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: A boy plays on a fountain as people gather outside of their buildings in lower Manhattan after being evacuated following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: People gather outside of their buildings in lower Manhattan after being evacuated following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
Office workers and others gather on Free
Office workers and others gather on Free
Office workers and others gather on Freedom Plaza after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Office workers and others gather on Free
Office workers and others gather on Free
Office workers and others gather on Freedom Plaza after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: A man stands on the roof of a building in TriBeCa after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Restaurant workers wait on Wall Street after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A police car is seen infront of the Wash
A police car is seen infront of the Wash
A police car is seen infront of the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground. The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US Capitol police officers secure the st
US Capitol police officers secure the st
US Capitol police officers secure the streets outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, August 23, 2011, following a 5.9 earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused anxious evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
A law enforcement officer stands guard a
A law enforcement officer stands guard a
A law enforcement officer stands guard as people gather for safety on a street in Lower Manhattan after an earthquake in Virginia was felt in New York on August 23, 2011.One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.6 miles (one kilometer) underground.The disruption to cell phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. AFP PHOTO/Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Court officers stand outside Federal Cou
Court officers stand outside Federal Cou
Court officers stand outside Federal Court August 23, 2011 in Lower Manhattan, New York after an earthquake centered in Virginia was felt in the New York area causing the evacuation of buildings. People in foreground are office workers evacuated to Foley Square park. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather for safety in a garden in
People gather for safety in a garden in
People gather for safety in a garden in Lower Manhattan after an earthquake in Virginia was felt in New York on August 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: People head back into their buildings in lower Manhattan after being evacuated following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
5.9 Earthquake Shakes East Coast
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Suzanne Beatty comforts her son Quentin Beatty, 7, on a street in TriBeCa after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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One Comment

  1. Christian says:

    I am not trying to be dsniigenuous. I am not a geologist by training but I can hear your frustration in your response..From the little I remember of high school physics, one motion is going to have a counterbalancing motion elsewhere. I think I understand that this is the mechanism of an earthquake itself, but that assumes all the energy balances out in a localized fashion. I am questioning if that assumption needs to be re-explored.When I was growing up in the 1950 s we all looked at the map of Africa and South America and thought what a coincidence it was that they looked like pieces in a jig saw puzzle. Then came plate tectonics and it seemed that in a sense we were right.So, my probably ill formed question is whether a large amount of energy expended at one side of a solid plate could cause a reaction at the other margin . If not, is it because the plate intersections are different, one slides under another so that it is like fanning a deck of cards? Is the distance too far and the composition of the plate itself too heterogeneous to allow energy transfer? Is the fault line or plate boundary in Myanmar of a type similar to the San Andreas and the engineering /physics answer is the same for both ?

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