Earthquake rattles VA, DC area

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit Virginia Tuesday around 4 p.m., and was felt throughout the Washington, D.C., and Maryland areas.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | December 9, 2003


A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit Virginia Tuesday around 4 p.m., and was felt throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Some minor damage was reported in Nelson County, VA.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the epicenter was 30 miles west of Richmond.

The quake, which lasted for more than 10 seconds, was felt as far south as North Carolina.

Worried residents made emergency calls to report their houses were shaking, and that objects were moving on their shelves. They also reported hearing a low rumbling or seeing their ceiling fans move. Others thought it was a large gust of wind.


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