10 years ago today: Powerful earthquake rocks Louisa, Virginia
LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A massive earthquake centered in Louisa struck the East Coast 10 years ago today.
The quake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale and was centered about 5 miles south of Mineral at about 1:51 p.m.
Two schools had to be demolished because the damage was so extensive.
The air control tower at Richmond International Airport was briefly evacuated and many downtown Richmond buildings were evacuated following the quake. Both Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens reportedly shut down all rides while inspections are being conducted.
Parts of the Pentagon, the White House, the U.S. Capitol and federal agencies were evacuated.
The earthquake struck an area that historically is not seismically active. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest recorded earthquake in Virginia history was a 5.9 on the scale, centered around Giles County in 1897.
A 4.2 magnitude aftershock was felt in Louisa later that night and numerous earthquakes have been felt in the area since then, including one this past June.
Copyright 2019 WWBT. All rights reserved.