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Earthquake near Richmond, VA

Earthquake near Richmond, VA

(UPDATED) A large earthquake has hit central Virginia and the D.C. area and was felt throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Damage and injuries are not yet fully known.

“According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest recorded earthquake in Virginia history was a 5.9 on the scale, centered around Giles County in 1897.

The air tower at Richmond International Airport was briefly evacuated and there are reports that many downtown Richmond buildings were evacuated following the quake.

We’ve had reports of trouble connecting cell phone calls and we are working on information about possible power outages.

If there are aftershocks, please check this advice from FEMA.”

From here.

In the meantime, let us pray for those in danger, those rushing to help and all those trying to reach loved ones.

UPDATE: We’re hearing reports at the Café that there has been some possibly significant damage to the spires at the National Cathedral, but no one is believed to have been hurt. More info here.

Here’s a link to a picture that shows some of the damage to the finials of the central tower of the Cathedral.


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“The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ the Lord…”

Prayers for the National Cathedral—and everyone else affected—as they clean up and re-build.

JC Fisher


A former artist in residence was visiting with her son. She was interviewed shortly after the event, and can be seen here. (And, yes, her teenaged son is clearly more informed than the interviewer!)

Marshall Scott

John B. Chilton

A correction on that headline. The epicenter was in central Virginia, between Richmond and Charlottesville. A 5.9 magnitude, 3.7 miles deep.

It was in Louisa county which has a nuclear plant that I understand has been shut down out of an abundance of caution.

Most likely most of the damage will be in Northern Virginia/D.C. simply because those are built up areas.

School and government agencies in Richmond are telling folks to go back to work.

Jim Naughton

No visible damage that I have seen along the DC-Maryland border near Takoma Park and Silver Spring.

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