Virginia Earthquake 2011: Latest Facts, News, Photos & Maps

The United States Geological Survey reported a M 5.8 earthquake struck 4 miles southeast of Louisa, Virginia near Mineral, Virginia at 1:51 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 (17:51:03 UTC).¹ Buildings throughout major metropolitan centers in the northeast were evacuated after the earthquake, and tremors were felt as far north as Concord, NH, and as far south as Hampstead, NC. The epicenter was just miles from a nuclear power plant, the North Anna, operated by Dominion Power in Richmond, where two reactors were taken offline.² The temblor knocked out power to the facility, but the utility manually shut down both nuclear units without incident and no damage was apparent. Authorities report no known significant damage or injuries in the counties of Amelia, Charles, Cumberland, Goochland, King and Queen, New Kent and Powhatan and the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell.³


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