The Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011


Geosciences professor Erik Klemetti is posting on Denison’s new faculty blogging platform.

Now that Irene has lost her punch and moved north of the border, we can turn at least some of our attention back to the somewhat anomalous earthquake that hit the eastern United States on August 23. Centered near Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, the 5.8 magnitude quake was felt beyond Chicago and Atlanta, and well into New England and Canada.

For those seeking a geoscience professor’s take on the event, we’re happy to direct you the new “Denison Geoblog,” a regularly updated online narrative from the college’s Department of Geosciences. This morning, Assistant Professor Erik Klemetti, who holds a Ph.D. from Oregon State, weighed in on the quake from a historical point of view, and he included some cool links in his post.

The Geoblog utilizes Denison’s new faculty blogging platform, which makes public journaling possible for academic departments and other campus resources across campus such as William Howard Doane Library.

P.S. Dr. Klemetti already has published a newer post with photos from the first day of his Geosciences 211 course, Introduction to Rocks and Minerals. On a picture-perfect day in Granville, he took his class off campus to Raccoon Creek for a sampling of rocks, both indigenous and imported via glacial movements.

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1:37 PM August 31, 2011

Jean Browne Turner wrote:

I was eager to see this as I live just 40 miles from Mineral, Va….the epicenter. Then came the hurricane, Irene, which was dangerous for so many and still is. I’ve never been in an earthquake before but it makes one realize that we are not in control. I’ll be getting my exercise cleaning up but that is very minor. Thanks for my first introduction to these articles.


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