Virginia hit by a small earthquake

By Kelly Moreno,

Virginia was hit by a 3.2 magnitude earthquake at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday night.

Reports by The Associated Press confirmed that the U.S Geological Survey has not had any reports of injuries or damages.

The earthquake was centered 32 miles west of Richmond, but it was felt in other counties and even in parts of Maryland. A local newspaper quoted a Powhatan County resident comparing the sound of the quake to a bomb. However, most residents have simply called the authorities to say they felt the quake’s noise and some movement.

A Spotsylvania county resident reported some items falling off a shelf during the trembling.

Amelia County sheriff’s office said there was a “deep rumble” for about five seconds.

According to The Washington Post, USGS says small earthquakes like this one are not an uncommon occurrence in areas like Virginia, taking place every one or two years.

The quake was significantly less intense than the one that struck the town of Mineral in 2011, which caused damage to major structures and nearly 1,000 homes. Damage to the Washington Monument was so extensive that it hadn’t reopened until as recently as last week.



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