USGS GlobeRecent Earthquake
Magnitude 5.8 Virginia
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:04 UTC
Regional Tectonics Shaking Intensity Hazards

Regional Historical Seismicity
Historical Seismicity

Since at least 1774, people in the Central Virginia region have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest known damaging earthquake in this area occurred in 1875. The 1875 shock occurred before the invention of modern seismographs, but the felt area of the shock suggests that it had a magnitude of about 4.8.

The largest historical earthquake in Virginia, with a magnitude of 5.8, occurred further to the west in 1897.