Early Tuesday afternoon Virginia was shaken by an earthquake that measured 5.8 (Update) 5.9 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was in central Virginia nine miles south of the town of Mineral. Below is the information available from the U.S. Geologic survey on the event.
The tremor lasted for approximately 45 seconds and caused small items to shake back and forth and window panes to rattle.
|Magnitude||5.8 (Preliminary magnitude â€” update expected within 15 minutes)|
|Location||37.875 °N, 77.908 °W|
|Depth||6 km (3.7 miles) set by location program|
|Location Uncertainty||Error estimate not available|
|Parameters||NST= 17, Nph= 17, Dmin=59.5 km, Rmss=0.33 sec, Gp=173 °,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=1