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Earthquake Centered in Virginia

Earthquake Centered in Virginia

Aug 23, 2011

(Source: USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported that an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale occurred at 1:51 on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 23rd, near Mineral and Louisa, Virginia. Counties across the central and eastern part of North Carolina have felt the effects. However, no damage in Forsyth County, or other counties in our state, have been reported at this time.

Citizens are advised NOT to call 911 unless you have an emergency. For information regarding the earthquake or to report experiencing tremors, please contact the U.S. Geological Survey at 1-888-ASK-USGS, or go to

Please note the following safety precautions:

If you feel the ground shake, take the following precautions immediately!

1. DUCK – When the shaking first starts: DUCK or drop to the floor.

2. COVER – Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. If there is nothing available to take cover under, crouch against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Stay away from windows, hanging objects, mirrors or anything that might fall over.

3. HOLD – If seeking cover under a piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it during the quake.

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