So yesterday there was an earthquake that hit Virginia and was felt as far north as here in upstate New York. Everyone was freaking out and the entire time people in California are laughing at us.
"Smack dab in the middle of Virginia" doesn't seem like the likeliest earthquake epicenter locale, and yesterday's quake has plenty of East Coasters wondering why it struck there—and if it'll happen again.
The Christian Science Monitor tosses out the word "rare": USGS seismic hazard data gives the area a 70% to 75% chance of having a 5.0+ magnitude quake ... once every 1,000 years.
In California on the San Andreas fault they wake up with a 5.9 earthquake as an alarm clock. I mean really yesterday made everyone flipping out on the East coast look like a bunch of fucking babies compared to Californians. unless buildings are fucking coming down it ain't worth freaking out about.