The intensity data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) “Did You Feel It?” (DYFI) Website (USGS, DYFI;, last accessed Sept 2011)for the Mw 5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake, are unprecedented in their spatial richness and geographical extent. More than 133,000 responses were received during the first week following the earthquake. Although intensity data have traditionally been regarded as imprecise and generally suspect (e.g., Hough, 2000), there is a growing appreciation for the potential utility of spatially rich, systematically determined DYFI data to address key questions in earthquake ground-motions science (Atkinson and Wald, 2007; Hauksson...

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