Wednesday, August 24, 2011

M 5.8 Earthquake Rocks Virginia

. Wednesday, August 24, 2011



Magnitude 5.8 Richter scale earthquake occurred Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51 PM at 38 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. Earthquake rocked the East Coast United States, from Virginia to Boston on, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake centered in Mineral VA, located 135 km (84 miles) from Washington DC. Its depth reaches 3.7 miles or about 6 km.

Until this news was revealed there has been no reports of casualties or damage. However, the Pentagon and the Capitol building immediately evacuated, as well as buildings in the City of New York. Meanwhile, people were seen running into the street to save themselves.

Magnitude 5.8 Richter scale
Date-Time Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:04 UTC
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:04 PM at epicenter
Location 37.936°N, 77.933°W
Depth 6 km (3.7 miles)
Region VIRGINIA
Distances 8 km (5 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
11 km (7 miles) SSE (148°) from Louisa, VA
29 km (18 miles) NE (45°) from Columbia, VA
61 km (38 miles) NW (317°) from Richmond, VA
135 km (84 miles) SW (217°) from Washington, DC

According to Reuters, ground shaking felt as far to Toronto, Canada.

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