Posted on Feb 18, 2012 in Science & nature
I think I felt a little earthquake, but I’m not sure. How can I find out if it really was a quake or not?
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For years, the USGS (US Geological Survey) has been the ultimate one-stop shop for real-time earthquake data, anywhere in the world. Earthquakes are immediately reported by the automated systems hooked up to their seismographs, and you can follow along online.
Since you’re in California, you’d want to check out the Latest California seismic events page — and if the earth moved for you, let them know via their “Did you feel it?” link: Report an earthquake.
If you want to expand your horizons (figuratively… and potentially literally), take a look at the latest earthquakes in the USA and the latest earthquakes in the world pages.
To get the the news pushed to you, subscribe to the USGS’ free Earthquake Notification Service, and customize ENS to deliver messages for specific areas and/or at certain times. As a bonus, they can even send text notifications to your cell phone.
Another option for nearly real-time earthquake data may not be scientific, but certainly will give you a good idea as to whether or not an earthquake has hit, what it felt like, how long it seemed to last, and where it was felt. This is all thanks to a little site called Twitter.
Check out tweets for both the tags earthquake and quake to see what’s shakin’ this little globe of ours. (If you get Twitter’s over-capacity fail whale, that might be an indicator that lots of people are tweeting about an earthquake… or maybe a celebrity just got arrested/pregnant/landed on Mars. Keep an eye on Twitter’s server status here.)
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