On Thursday the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in Goochland, Virginia, just outside the state capital of Richmond. The earthquake struck the Goochland County area around 2:50 a.m. Thursday morning. No injuries or building damaged has been reported yet.
The epicenter of the quake was located to be around 2.5. miles north northeast of Goochland, Virginia – 24 miles north west of Richmond. In location of the quake is in geographic coordinates provided by the USGS, 37.709N, 77.868W. This puts the epicenter close to the small town of Maidens, Virginia. This earthquake occurred in the Virginia Seismic Zone, in the Piedmont region, which is located near a fault line that created the Appalachian Mountains.
This is the area in which, in 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Mineral, Virginia in Louisa County. This very strong earthquake was felt along the entirety of the eastern seaboard of the United States and up into Canada.
By Alex Lemieux
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