Virginia Earthquake - 5.9 Magnitude rating while Colorado residents are surprised by 5.3 Tremor last night

USGS Shake Map of Virignia Earthquake August 23, 2011

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook residents near Charlottesville, Virginia today, August 23, 2011 at 1:51:03 PM local time. The US Geological Survey also recorded a 5.3 magnitude earthquake in the southern part of Colorado on August 22, 2011 at 11:46:19 PM local time.

The earthquake in Virginia was felt as far away as New York. The nearest large city from the epicenter was Charlottesville, Virginia, which was 27 miles away. Fredericksburg, Virginia was 34 miles away, and Richmond, Virginia was 39 miles away from the earthquake epicenter. On the USGS ‘Did you Feel it Map?’ reports from these nearby communities were received. Residents were saying the earthquake felt strong to very strong.

Various evacuations have been announced. However, there has not been any major damage reports coming in. Central Virginia nuclear power plants are using diesel powered generators.

There have already been aftershocks.

The earthquake in Colorado late last night was large for the region. The 5.3 magnitude earthquake was located on the border between Colorado and New Mexico. The residents in the nearby communities reported this earthquake as feeling light to moderate. The nearby cities were Trinidad, Colorado, which was 9 miles from the epicenter. Raton, New Mexico is located 20 miles away, and Walsenburg, Colorado is 33 miles away.

By: N Wilson
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