On This Day in 2011: Powerful earthquake rocks Virginia
The 5.8 magnitude quake caused $80 million in damage in Louisa
LOUISA, Va. (WWBT) - A massive earthquake centered in Louisa County struck the East Coast on Aug. 23, 2011.
The quake, which hit just before 2 p.m. that day, measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. It was centered about 5 miles south of Mineral.
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.
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.
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