Minor earthquake rattles Ashland

By: Yvette Yeon – bio | email

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Ashland took in another earthquake just a month after the last one.

Most of us were in bed at the time the 2.4 quake hit just south of Ashland and was a bit startling and confusing to folks out there.

Lorraine Shackleford thought this morning's earthquake was just another train going by her home.

"I thought it was a freight train going through because they go through frequently and they really do shake things and I live right on the tracks," she said.

Just after 2:00 Saturday morning in Mount. Pelier, John Harrison thought it was something else too.

"I thought it might for a second be a tornado or something," he said.

John was already having trouble sleeping and said he thought it was a dream.

"I just heard a noise like a rumbling noise it sounded kind of like a train but I don't live anywhere near a train and all of a sudden felt the bed rumble shake for about 8 to 10 seconds and it was over with," he said.

The 2.4 quake was as all earthquakes are, unexpected, but folks there couldn't believe it happened again in the Ashland area.

"It's pretty shocking to me, you don't think of that thing happening around here," said Shackleford.

"It's pretty crazy," said Martha Ellen Wingfield. "You don't think of Ashland to be the center for earthquake activity."

2.4 is hardly anything to worry too much about but...

"It could be serious it got any bigger," said Wingfield. "There's so many old buildings and people probably want to make sure they have a good structure and foundation on their homes."

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