USGS crowd sources earthquake reports

Maybe Washington-area folks are more conscientious than others.

By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, about three hours after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mineral, Va., about 90 miles outside Washington, more than 9,000 people had responded to a U.S. Geological Survey crowd sourcing page that aimed to gather information about the earthquake's effects.

A 4.4 magnitude quake that hit Southern California in June garnered only 282 responses.

Then again, maybe Washingtonians just can't stay off their smartphones.

Read the whole story at Nextgov.com.

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