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3.2-Magnitude Earthquake in Amelia County Shakes Central Virginia

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Much of Central Virginia is still shaken up in the wake of a 3.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Amelia County on Wednesday night. Much of Central Virginia is still shaken up in the wake of a 3.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Amelia County on Wednesday night.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Much of Central Virginia is still shaken up in the wake of a 3.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Amelia County on Wednesday night.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 9:47 p.m. on May 21 and was centered 32 miles west of Richmond, near the border between Amelia and Powhatan counties.

Meteorologist Tim Pandajis said the earthquake was felt as far north as Fredericksburg and as far south as the Virginia-North Carolina border. Meteorologist Matt DiNardo said the quake occurred at a depth of 1 mile below the earth’s crust.

As soon as the earthquake occurred, hundreds of ABC 8News viewers called our newsroom, commented on our Facebook page, tweeted us on Twitter and emailed their witness accounts to iReport8@wric.com. While some experienced the full effects of the quake, others felt nothing at all. At first, many viewers thought the earthquake was thunder or a mysterious explosion.

On Facebook, Michele M. B. wrote, “Felt it in Powhatan. I thought it was loud thunder at first. The house shook and it felt like a strong clunk at the end.”

Duane A. commented, “3.2?? In Louisa that’s just a big truck going by!!”

Patty B. from Goochland wrote in an email, “We were sitting in our family room and heard/felt something that shook the entire house for maybe two seconds. Not the same as the earthquakes we have had in the past. More like something exploded. There was a loud boom and the entire house shook. The house shook more forcefully than during the original earthquake back several years ago.”

Wednesday night’s quake was not an aftershock of the Louisa County earthquake that hit in August 2011; geophysicists at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. confirmed to Chief Meteorologist John Bernier that it was a new earthquake.

According to the Associated Press, no damages or injuries were immediately reported.



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