Measure The East Coast Earthquake's Intensity in Your Location

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 04:25 PM

Crowds stand on Wall Street after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

Yesterday's earthquake, centered in Virginia, shook communities up and down the East Coast. In Washington D.C., it damaged the National Cathedral. In New York, it gave thousands of office workers a late lunch break. What did it do in your neighborhood? All day on our show, we heard responses from listeners giving us their own earthquake story. But now with the help of our friends at Mobile Commons, you can also tell the level of severity of the quake in your zip code. 

How to find out the reading in your neighborhood: text "quake" and your zip code to the number 6-9-8-6-6. The data, culled by the people at PBS, gives you an idea of the intensity of physical effects of the quake.

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