Lost in the fuss about the 5.8 earthquake in Virginia on Tuesday was the fact that there were about 90 other earthquakes across the United States that same day, including a 5.3 quake in Colorado. Only a few of those were detectable by people, and only 12 were above a 3.0 magnitude.
According to a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist, it was a typical seismologic day – in terms of sheer numbers of tremors – in the United States; what was slightly out of the ordinary was the magnitude and location of the earthquakes, said Rafael Abreu.
Virginia’s earthquake was of rare strength for the area. Colorado’s quake was one of nine earthquakes in that state on Tuesday, including the 5.3 jolt about 7 miles from Cokedale.
Upstate New York was shaken by a 2.2 quake early Tuesday near Altamont. Jones, Oklahoma, got a 2.8 jolt. And Alaska gets a few earthquakes almost every day.
Colorado has been having a rash of quakes over the past few days; on Monday, the state was hit with a 4.6 quake.