Tuesday, August 23, 2011


About an hour ago, I was in the zone working on my reading curriculum for next year when the rumbling started. My poor puppy didn't know what was happening as knick-knacks started falling off the shelves! Turns out it was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter not too far from here! We're fine, and I haven't heard of any injuries on the news.

I'm excited to talk about this with my kids once school starts, since earthquakes are part of our science curriculum. Now I've got to figure out the science behind it; we're not anywhere near a tectonic plate boundary, so I'm not sure what caused it! Please let me know if you find any good sites that explain it over the next couple of days!

Apparently this quake was felt all up and down the east coast. Any other stories? I can't imagine what a stronger earthquake would be like!



  1. I'm sorry you had to go through that but happy you're ok:)

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  2. Oh wow! How scary. When I left school today, I checked my phone and saw news about the earthquake!

    I'm a new 5th grade follower!! :)

  3. I saw that on facebook, DC was hit hard in addition to the East Coast- I didn't feel it but apparently the aftershocks reached Michigan!

  4. Ooh, you must teach in VA too! I was working in my classroom when it happened, and it completely freaked me out. Nothing fell where we were, but still...very scary. Glad to hear you're fine! I've only heard of minor damage, and our post office is shut down indefinitely from it.

  5. We're in GA and some of us felt it too. My 5th graders were dismissing for the day, so unfortunately we didn't feel the read earthquake. It's part of our curriculum, too!

  6. We felt it in Boston!! Great topic to discuss with the kiddos. They are fascinated whenever their curriculum comes to life.