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seismograph image of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia as recorded at WVGES
"Z" Trace seismograph image of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia as recorded 8/23/11, 1:51 PM at WVGES, Mont Chateau seismic station (MCWV)

On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit about 5 miles SSW outside of Mineral, VA (about 38 miles NW of Richmond, VA). Many in West Virginia and surrounding states also felt this earthquake. WVGES hopes to provide you further information on this earthquake.

♦ Seismographs of the 5.8 Virginia Earthquake

These seismographs were recorded at WVGES' Mont Chateau facility (MCWV) in Morgantown, WV. Click on an image for a larger view.

♦ Media Links

Most of these links have interviews with Dr. Ronald McDowell, WVGES Senior Research Geologist Head of the Geoscience Section.

♦ Did you feel the August 23rd, 5.8 Earthquake?

image of USGS Community Internet Inensity Map for the Virginia 5.8 earthquak as reported Report what you felt and any damage information to the United States Geologic Survey (USGS)  
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      View the regional intensity maps via internet responses so far

♦ Virginia 5.8 Earthquake and Following Aftershocks

Seismic Event Magnitude Location Time at Epicenter (DST) USGS ID
Earthquake 5.8 37.936N, -77.933W; 6 Km (3.7 Mi) Deep 8/23/11, 1:51:04 PM se082311a
Aftershock 2.8 37.931N, -77.935W; 0.1 Km (~0.1 Mi) Deep 8/23/11, 2:46:50 PM se082311b
Aftershock 2.2 37.911N, -78.004W; 0.1 Km (~0.1 Mi) Deep 8/23/11, 3:20:26 PM se082311c
Aftershock 1 4.2 37.912N, -77.951W; 7.9 Km (4.9 Mi) Deep 08/23/11, 8:04:36 PM se082411b
Aftershock 3.4 37.925N, -77.994W; 4.9 Km (3.0 Mi) Deep 08/24/11, 12:45:26 AM usc0005ivl
Aftershock 2.5 37.923N, -77.988W; 0.1 Km (~0.1 Mi) Deep 08/25/11, 12:06:47 AM se082511b
Aftershock 2.6 37.903N, -77.814W; 4.9 Km (3.0 Mi) Deep 8/25/11, 4:40:56 PM usc0005k2n
Aftershock 2.0 37.939N, -77.987W; 4.1 Km (2.5 Mi) Deep 8/28/11, 11:15:21 PM usc0005l16
Aftershock 2.7 37.938N, -78.006W; 5.1 Km (3.2 Mi) Deep 8/28/11, 11:16:50 PM usc0005l18
Aftershock 2.6 37.927N, -77.942W; 8.5 Km (5.3 Mi) Deep 8/29/11, 11:48:28 PM usc0005lkc
Aftershock 3.4 37.951N, -77.927W; 3.5 Km (2.2 Mi) Deep 9/01/11, 5:09:38 AM usc0005mrm
Aftershock 2.0 37.948N, -77.971W; 5.5 Km (3.4 Mi) Deep 9/03/11, 5:10:53 PM se090311a
Aftershock 2.5. 37.947N, -77.970W; 5.2 Km (3.2 Mi) Deep 9/05/11, 12:54:24 PM se090511b
Aftershock 2.1 37.923N, -77.882W; 1.7 Km (1.1 Mi) Deep 9/06/11, 5:03:16 AM se090611a
Aftershock 2.0 37.937N, -77.965W; 6.2 Km (3.9 Mi) Deep 9/06/11, 5:17:53 PM se090611c
Aftershock 2.1 37.959N, -77.946W; 6.1 Km (3.8 Mi) Deep 9/07/11, 1:56:43 AM se090711a
Aftershock
Deleted by USGS
2.7 37.960N, -77.882W; 5.0 Km (3.1 Mi) Deep 9/07/11, 8:29:07 AM usc0005q8g
Aftershock
2.1 37.937N, -77.987W; 4.6 Km (2.9 Mi) Deep 9/16/11, 12:17:39 PM se091611b

1 This seismic event might be considered a seperate earthquake from August 23, 2011.

For most up-to-date information on aftershocks in Virginia, please visit: USGS Earthquake List for Map Centered at 38N, 78W

♦ Virginia 4.5 Earthquake

This earthquake in Virginia is considered as a separate seismic event .

Seismic Event Magnitude Location Time at Epicenter (DST) USGS ID
Earthquake 4.5 37.940N, 77.896W; 5 Km (3.1 Mi) Deep 8/25/11, 1:07:50 AM usc0005jg1

♦ Further Information on the Virginia 5.8 Earthquake

♦ Further Information on Earthquakes in Virginia, West Virginia and Region


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