Virginia Once Again Rattled by Quake

But this is a tiny one: a magnitude of just 2.4
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2012 6:10 AM CDT
A seismograph registered the Aug. 23 earthquake; today's was much smaller.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Amanda Lucier)

(Newser) – It's been nearly a year since a dateline of "Mineral, Virginia," made some earth-shaking news, but the town worked its way back into the press in the wee hours of this morning: A very minor earthquake rattled the same Virginia area that bore the brunt of last year's East Coast quake. The US Geological Survey recorded the 2.4-magnitude earthquake around 12:43am this morning, placing its epicenter at 6 miles southeast of Mineral.

That's where the 5.8-magnitude hit Aug. 23, causing deep cracks in the Washington Monument and broken capstones at the National Cathedral. No one was injured and no damage was reported today. The AP notes that the region has experienced dozens of aftershocks since last year's quake. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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