Minor Earthquake in Central Virginia

The U.S. Geological Survey says a minor earthquake has hit Virginia 30 miles south of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The magnitude 3.0 earthquake happened at 4:17 p.m. Saturday. Earthquakes occur on faults within bedrock, usually miles deep. This quake occurred at a depth of 11.9 miles. There have been no reports of injuries or damages.

The USGS website indicated that the quake was felt in Virginia cities including Richmond and Charlottesville and as far as 339 miles away in Canton, N.C.

Since at least 1774, people in central Virginia have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest damaging earthquake (magnitude 4.8) in the seismic zone occurred in 1875. Smaller earthquakes that cause little or no damage are felt each year or two.

Did You Feel It? — You can report your experience to the USGS HERE


  1. Fact Checker says:

    It could be an aftershock from VA Tech beating NC State.