According to the US Geological Survey, a Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake struck Delaware today. Must unusual for the Northeast! I didn’t feel it in Connecticut, but plenty of friends in NJ felt it. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported.
From this article (emphasis mine):
Earthquakes in Delaware do not occur on the edge of a tectonic plate, as is more common in places such as California, where fault lines between plates generate earthquakes. Generations of California residents have been bracing for the so-called “Big One” along the San Andreas Fault.
Instead, the Delaware temblor occurred far from the edge of a plate, said Thomas Pratt, a research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey who is based in Virginia.
“There’s a lot of speculation, but we don’t have a good answer for why these earthquakes are occurring in the middle of the plates,” Pratt said.
Boom: INTELLIGENT QUAKING, you guys!
I know, I know, I tend to play the snark police around here, I really should follow my own best practices…
I’m already on it … working on a theory that involves intelligent Quakers. Maybe all those “gentle spirits” are just a front for something.
I think that this illustrates the fact that no scientific theory is 100% perfect. btw, plate tectonic theory is central to geology, just as evolutionary theory is central to biology.
Geologists can’t even decide if tectonic movements are caused by mantle convection or cold slab pull. This is only more evidence for Intelligent Quaking.
I do not like the earthquake, but I found your report interesting as usual.