Hillary Clinton: Secretary of Quake?

Aug 23, 2011 4:15pm

ABC's Kirit Radia (@kiritradia_abc) reports:

Does today’s east coast tremor put a hole in the “Secretary of Quake” theory? Maybe not, as it seems the shaking earth has followed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton home.

Since she became America’s top diplomat in early 2009, Secretary Clinton has been on the ground for no fewer than five earthquakes in foreign countries. Last year the Associated Press first chronicled Clinton’s seemingly unlucky habit and deemed her the “Secretary of Quake.”

On her first trip abroad in February 2009 Clinton was shaken awake by an earthquake in Japan. Later that year in June she experienced another while traveling in Honduras with President Obama. In October 2009 there was yet another while she was traveling in Pakistan.

Clinton was on the ground in Papua New Guinea for just a day in November 2010, but that was long enough for a 6.0 magnitude earthquake to strike the island nation, though reporters on the trip say she didn’t feel it. Just days later Clinton was in Christchurch, New Zealand when the city was rocked by a big aftershock from a mammoth earthquake that struck just months earlier.

Clinton had a visit planned to Santiago, Chile when a massive earthquake struck just days in advance. She cut the visit short, staying only a few hours at the airport.

So does today’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake count? The epicenter was in northern Virginia, just 87 miles from her office in Washington, but Clinton is on vacation in New York this week. There are reports, however, that the tremor was felt all the way in Boston so it’s likely Secretary Clinton felt her sixth earthquake in under three years.

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