We're living on an unstable planet.
I had that thought last night and it was confirmed first thing this morning. Then it was really confirmed about an hour ago.
In the last 24 hours, there have been several earthquakes in the same small area near the border of Colorado and New Mexico. The largest was about 5:00 this morning (Mountain Daylight Time) , a 5.3 magnitude. We didn't feel it, but our friends in Raton, NM felt the one yesterday evening, which was only 3.5. I'm sure they felt the one this morning.
Click here for a very cool map of the US, showing recent earthquakes.
Then this afternoon about 2:00 (Eastern Daylight Time), there was a 5.9 earthquake in Virginia, near Richmond. Of course it was felt in Washington, DC and New York City. The people in DC, especially in the Capitol, had an initial reaction that it was a bombing or some kind of terrorist attack when the building began shaking. They were relieved to find out it was an earthquake. But a 5.9 is huge for an earthquake, especially in a region not used to earthquakes.
The quake was felt all along the east, and according to some reports, as far away and as far west as Detroit!
To make things more interesting, while CNN is doing their usual non-stop coverage of the quake (stopping only for commercials, of course), their news crawl along the bottom of the screen included this: "Entire east coast should prepare for Hurricane Irene."
See what I mean about an unstable planet?
I'll post updates to both quake regions as I hear them.
In the meantime, did any of you feel the quake? Share your story.