Virginia Quake at 5.8 magnitude, USGS says (Photo)

By on Aug 24, 2011 in Natural Disasters, Science, United States, World Comments
Virginia Earthquake Map

Virginia Quake Map
Image Credit: USGS

A Virginia quake with a 5.8 magnitude was felt in the area of Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, according to reports by several international news sites.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has lowered its East Coast earthquake estimate from 5.9 to 5.8. USGS officials said that the epicenter of the earthquake is near Louisa, Virginia and was half mile deep.

Areas that greatly felt the tremor include majority of Washington, D.C. up to the northern part of Rhode Island and New York City. The quake also shook the area of Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is staying for a vacation.

The federal agency revealed that about 12 million people live near the quake’s epicenter. Several minor injuries were already reported in the Washington area.

Virginia Quake photo
Civilians and members of the U.S. military gathered outside the Pentagon
Image Credit: Jason Reed

National Cathedral
National Cathedral lost one spire after the Virginia Quake
Image Credit: Pablo Martinez

More updates and images at Virginia Earthquake Damages and Update (Photo) article.

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