Covering ground: The August 23 earthquake, which had an epicenter in central Virginia, was felt all the way up in New York City, where Scientific American's offices were temporarily evacuated. Image: U.S. Geological Survey

The earthquake that struck the East Coast yesterday provides a learning opportunity, and the U.S. Geological Survey provides earthquake resources, as well as a site for teaching children about earthquakes. Scholastic also provides information about how the Richter scale works — and the devastation caused at each level.

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