5.9-Magnitude Quake Hits Virginia
Quake rocks DC area, nuclear plant shut down
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2011 1:05 PM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2011 1:42 PM CDT
   (USGS)

(Newser) – What a day for earthquakes: A 5.9-magnitude quake has hit Virginia, following this morning's historical temblor in Colorado. The USGS reports that it struck four miles south of Louisa, Virginia, which is about 30 miles from Charlottesville and about 80 miles from Washington, DC, at 1:51pm. Media reports say it could be felt as far north as Boston and Rhode Island. The Capitol Building and Pentagon were evacuated, and all flights at Reagan National Airport were put on hold.

The epicenter was near the North Anna nuclear power plant, which was shut down automatically. Police in Richmond immediately received calls about property damage, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, with multiple walls reportedly collapsing.

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Smegma
Aug 23, 2011 8:53 PM CDT
I hope nobody fell and lost their tooth.
WallyEFunk
Aug 23, 2011 7:49 PM CDT
In the wake of the earthquake, still to early what Obama did wrong.LOL
fancygapva
Aug 23, 2011 7:11 PM CDT
Here is a seismic map for anyone interested. I've had it on my favorites for quite a while. Didn't think I'd be looking at one so close to home though http://www.iris.edu/seismon/