A small, but considerable earthquake occurred this past week just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude-2.3 earthquake struck at about 10:11 p.m. (The quake was first reported as 2.1-magnitude, but was later revised as is often the case.) It was centered about three miles northeast of Goochland Courthouse and not far from Oilville.
While Earthquakes of less than a magnitude of 2.5 are normally not even felt, people from Hanover and Powhatan counties, as well as others in Short Pump and other nearby locations, reported feeling the quake.
No reports of injuries or damages resulting from the earthquake have been reported as of 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Goochland County and VDEM requested citizens to check over their homes and property for any visual or hidden damages. Attention should be paid to foundations, chimneys, and sheetrock of homes and businesses.
While this event is clearly not a disaster in terms of property damage and/or death tolls, I found it a good thing to post about since earthquakes are so rare in Virginia. This goes back to our discussions with people not really knowing what to do when these natural hazards that are so uncommon in our area are able to reach their potential and actually threaten our way of life. Even though we have only experienced a handful of notable earthquakes in Virginia in the last few years, it is still a good wake up call to always be aware of the unpredictability of the world around us.