Did you feel an earthquake?

Today, my lunch was briefly interrupted when the building I work in shook a little. The cause of the shaking was not immediately obvious, but it was enough for me to pop my head above my cubicle and investigate. When I saw other coworkers doing the same, I checked this website to see if there had been an earthquake:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Indeed. An earthquake with a magnitude 5.8 had occurred approximately 314 kilometers to the southwest:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/ci14565620.php

The USGS site keeps an up-to-the-minute record of worldwide earthquakes, and details about each event. You can even submit details about what you felt. They use that information to compile a Mercalli Intensity map:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/events/ci/14565620/us/index.html

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