That wasn’t an extra large person running past your office just now. According to the US Geological Survey maps, that was a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that shook Pittsburgh all the way from Louisa, Virginia. Check out the official earthquake report.
Has Pittsburgh ever experienced an earthquake before?
Yes! John sent us this excerpt from the Post Gazette:
The most severe seismic event in this area occurred on Sept. 25, 1998 and measured a magnitude of 5.2, with its epicenter in the Greenville-Jamestown area of Western Pennsylvania. It was felt as far away as Illinois, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
At around 2pm, we received messages from readers who experienced the shakes and twitter has the #Pittsburgh #Earthquake tweets to confirm it. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park University even evacuated their buildings!
PittScript – Wow. Earthquake in Pittsburgh? Either that or Cloverfield emerged from the Mon.
dferrari – Just felt our building SHAKE.
Earthquake in Pittsburgh?
carrollalex – The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was evacuated today because of the earthquake. How pretentious of them.
costantiniwm – Earthquake Va 5.8 felt here in Pittsburgh. Or was that all the students moving in.
phathead – Pretty sure this earthquake is just nature’s response to the Pittsburgh Pirates flirting with .500 and a division lead this season
SteinySaidit – Well it looks like I experienced my first earthquake today. Pittsburgh hid me from natural disasters for 23 years prior