Small Earthquake Shakes New River Valley & Roanoke Early Tuesday, Third in Week



According to the United States Geological Survey’s earthquake program, a Magnitude 2.5 quake occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at approximately 2:41 a.m.

The quake’s epicenter was determined to be about a mile south of the Monroe County, West Virginia — Craig County, Virginia, border near the head of Dick’s Creek.

Tuesday morning’s small quake marked the third tremors to shake the ground in the area since midnight Monday morning; the previous day, a Magnitude 2.1 ground shaking was registered around midnight and then a second quake measuring Magnitude 2.5 occurred around 2 a.m. on Monday.

The three quakes are all located approximately 13 miles west of New Castle, Virginia.  Tuesday morning’s tremors was felt by residents of both Roanoke and Christiansburg.

Magnitude 2.5 quakes are typically felt by some people, but very rarely do damage to buildings. Each year, there are roughly one million earthquakes of this magnitude around the world.

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