earthquake.jpgOne Bay Area mayor is reminding local residents to be prepared for the region’s next major earthquake after a 5.8-magnitude seismic event today rattled much of the East Coast.

The tremor struck 38 miles outside of Richmond, Va.–approximately 100 miles southwest of the nation’s capital–at about 1:50 p.m. local time. The ground motions were felt from Georgia to New England along the Appalachians.

“Today’s earthquake on the East Coast is an all too clear reminder that earthquake can hit anytime and anywhere,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement this afternoon.

“As a city that lies between several fault lines and that has survived a number of earthquakes, we must do all that we can to ensure that we are prepared and ready,” Lee said.

Bay Area residents can learn more about making an emergency plan, building a disaster supply kit, and other preparations at

The site is run by the city’s Department of Emergency Management and provides step-by-step instructions for devising emergency plans as well as information on receiving disaster training.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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