Maryland was stricken by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake, Friday at exactly 5 in the morning. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake’s center was about 20 miles Northwest of Washington. This is said to be the largest earthquake that ever struck the place since 1974. As aid by Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, this earthquake was the first to register a scale of above 3.0 in the history of the place.
Other regions who were nearby Maryland stated that they also felt the earthquake happening. According to Vaughan, the quake was felt across the state of Washington. The states of West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware were also reported as feeling the loudness of the earthquake. One who witnessed the earthquake reported that she had never felt anything like it before. She even compared the experience to a loud plane flying very low. Judy Rudolph, another witness, thought that it was just an explosion somewhere downtown. She then realized that it was an earthquake when she already felt her house was shaking. Vaughan said that the earthquake was not expected to happen at the area. She said that it was unlikely to happen because fault lines are very few and small in the area where it hit. There wasn’t any major damage that was brought about by the said earthquake. People may just experience aftershocks for the next few days or the next week. The last recorded earthquake in Maryland happened last October 8, 2007. It was just a 1.7 magnitude earthquake.