Kresge Library News: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!

August 24, 2011

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On!

Unbeknownst to people in the Ross building, Kresge Library has passed a thorough test to its structural soundness. What test, you ask? Why, only the test of an actual earthquake. Yesterday, August 23, 2011 at approximately 1:55pm, Kresge staff were surprised to feel the effects of an earthquake as the upper floors of the building rocked. The shaking went on for several minutes causing desks to vibrate and lights to sway on their hinges.

Being Librarians, several staff members turned the the US Geological Survey, a reliable source for information for seismic and geological activity, to see if there assumptions about the shaking were correct. A quick check of the USGS site verified the existence of the earthquake.

The "Did You Feel It?" map shows how far the seismic activity traveled. The 5.9 earthquake traveled from Virginia up the eastern seaboard and could be felt as far as Canada.
Earthquakes are not often associated with Michigan, but they are more common than one would think. Last year a 5.0 earthquake that affected the Ontario region, rocked the Kresge library and other parts of southeastern Michigan proving that Michigan is not free from such events. So next time you feel that maybe the road is just a little extra bumpy, you may want to check with the Kresge Library, because it might be an earthquake.


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