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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

Earthquakes and Technology


sitting in my Farmville Virginia home office yesterday afternoon writing and building a demo, when the house begin to tremble. This happens from time to time – the washing machine gets way off balance or a truck hauling a really heavy load goes up the road out front or an aircraft flies low overhead and we get a second or two vibration. When it lasted more than a couple seconds and kept increasing in intensity, I become concerned. When things on my desk started vibrating I got excited. I honestly thought a helicopter was landing in the back yard.

Fortunately it was a small earthquake that did little (if any) real damage.

Other Than the Shaking…

The first confirmation that this was, indeed, an earthquake came from (drum roll please) Twitter. I saw this tweet from @NewEarthquake:

The link takes me to a USGS earthquake page describing the quake:

I Didn’t Know…

Before I started following @NewEarthquake I did not realize earthquakes were frequent occurrences. Growing up on the relatively-earthquake-free US east coast, I assumed earthquakes were sparse and large when they struck. Knowledge is power, and I now know better.

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:00 AM by andyleonard

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