2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Virginia

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According to the USGS, a magnitude 2.4 earthquake rattled portions of central Virginia in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The quake’s epicenter was seven miles northeast of Buckingham, Virginia, approximately midway between Lynchburg and Richmond.

Preliminary USGS data reveals that the earthquake was felt as far north as Charlottesville.

Magnitude-2.4 earthquakes are often felt by people, however, it is very rare that they actually cause damage to buildings.

On August 23, 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the entire east coast, with its epicenter only 36 miles to the northeast of Wednesday’s trimmer.

The entire region is known as the Virginia Seismic Zone and covers about 3,100 square miles. Earthquakes in the state are irregular and rarely reach over 4.5 in magnitude.

In May 1897, Virginia experienced the strongest earthquake in its recorded history. It had a magnitude of 5.6 and had severe effects in the Giles County community of Narrows, where ground motion was observed and the flow of streams was disrupted.  The shock destroyed many chimneys and created ground effects over a large area.

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