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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USGS records an earthquake in Virginia

The United States Geological Survey (USGS)  recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake Mon. May 23 at 8:15 a.m..

The quake struck in Fluvanna County with the nearest populated area of Columbia a little over a mile and a half away from the epicenter.

Columbia is approximately 25 miles from Charlottesville.

The depth of the quake was recorded at approximately 6 and a half miles.

Since at least 1774 people in central Virginia have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones.

One of the largest most recent earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.8 occurred in 2011.

There was no damage reported in the quake Mon. May 23.

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Whole lotta’ shakin’!

Over the weekend we watched the movie “San Andreas” staring The Rock.  Pretty good movie.  According to History dot com it was on April 18, 1906 that the Great San Francisco Earthquake happened.  It’s estimated that this quake would have registered an 8.0 on the Richter Scale, a measuring system that wasn’t introduced until 1935.  The shaking began at 5:13 am.  Fires immediately broke out and, because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them, firestorms soon developed citywide.  in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls.  By April 23, most fires had been put out, and the task of rebuilding the devastated city began. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires.  Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.  Could it happen again?  The USGS estimates that there is about a 75% chance that a major earthquake will hit the San Francisco Bay area in the next 30 years.  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Earthquake strikes Bedford County

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 2.3 earthquake in Bedford County Virginia last night Feb. 9.

Current data does not indicate whether it was man made or a natural earthquake at this time.

Reports of windows rattling and houses shaking with some residents reporting a loud boom have been recorded.

ABC news reports that Bedford County has rattled before with man made explosions but that has not been determined to be the case in this instance.

The last time this occurred in Bedford County was Nov. of 2020 and that was confirmed to be a man made tennerite explosion.

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