Minor earthquake rumbles Stuarts Draft

The United States Geological Survey detected a 2.2 magnitude earthquake approximately 2 miles northwest of Stuarts Draft on Sunday at 6:20 pm.

According to the reported data on the USGS website, the quake was felt by more than 20 people.

This is the first earthquake in Virginia since July.

No injuries, damages, or power outages were reported, but the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department did receive several calls from residents who believed the earthquake was a possible explosion in the distance.

The Sheriff’s office and fire department investigated the reports before the announcement regarding the earthquake was made available to first responders from the USGS.

Magnitude 2.2 earthquakes are usually not felt but are recorded using seismographs.

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Augusta County Deputies chase a juvenile driver

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports that a Deputy clocked a vehicle at 86 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on Stuarts Draft Highway Mar. 4.

Pursuit was initiated but the vehicle continued without stopping.

With total disregard to the Deputies pursuit and passing vehicles over the double yellow line.

The driver turned on to Cold Springs Road and turned off the headlights to attempt to evade pursuing Deputies.

Deputies were able to approach the vehicle after it had crashed on Cold Springs Road throwing the driver out.

Eventually the driver walked out of the woods with head and facial injuries.

The identity of the driver and his information is being withheld as he is a juvenile.

Charges from both the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are pending.

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