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Covites Recollect Where They Were During 2011 Earthquake


August 26, 2021

Map courtesy of USGS

This map shoes where ground shaking was felt from the magnitude 5.8 earthquake Aug. 23, 2011, near Mineral, Virginia, compared to the similar-sized magnitude 6 earthquake Sept. 28, 2004, near Napa, California. Stars show earthquake epicenters, and the blue and red dots show ground shaking reported from the public to the USGS "Did You Feel It?" website.

On Aug. 23, 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake located near Mineral, Va., was felt by many in the eastern United States.

According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), this earthquake caused around $200-300 million worth of property damage and was likely felt by more people than any earthquake in North America's history.

Because earthquakes are so rarely felt in this region, we asked readers if they remembered the earthquake and how they reacted.


Michealle Wright was so traumatized by this earthquake, she journaled about it.

At the time, Wright was working in Bedford at All...

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