Virginia Earthquake Damages and Update (Photo)

By on Aug 24, 2011 in Natural Disasters, Science, United States, World Comments
Virginia Earthquake epicenter
Virginia Earthquake epicenter
Image Credit: USGS

A Virginia earthquake on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, measured by the US Geological Survey (USGS) at 5.8 magnitude, is reportedly the strongest tremor experienced by the state in 44 years.

Several international news sites has reported some of the damages brought about the strong Virginia earthquake.

One of the reported effect of the Virginia earthquake is the shutdown of a nuclear power plant on Tuesday afternoon. The Virginia quake has also sent out seismic waves felt by millions from Georgia to northern New England.

Three aftershocks with magnitudes of 2.8, 2.2 and 4.2 were recorded and more are expected in the coming weeks, according to experts.

There are no major injuries or extensive damage that was reported due to the 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

Based on the USGS report, the Virginia quake‘s epicenter is about 40 miles northwest of Richmond.

Later in the day, most of the federal buildings in Washington resumed their work. Employees of the U.S. Capitol was allowed to come back to get their belongings while limiting their time inside as engineers are still assessing the damage.

The National Park Service confirmed through a helicopter inspection that the Washington Monument suffered cracking in the stones at the top of the monument. A limited portion of the grounds of the monument have been reopened by authorities. Structural engineers are reportedly studying how to repair the damages in the monument.

Below are some of the images after the Virginia Earthquake. Note: Click on the page number or Next below the image to navigate through them.

Damaged building in Mineral Virginia
Damaged building in Mineral Virginia
Image Credit: Steve Helber

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