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Did You Feel It? 3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Parts Of Virginia

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Powhatan, VA - A small earthquake shook parts of the Virginia late Wednesday night, the epicenter outside of Richmond, near Powhatan.

The quake of 3.2 magnitude was nowhere near the size of the 5.8 magnitude quake that rocked the east coast in the summer of 2011. According to data provided to by the U.S. Geological Survey, the area of the epicenter is where the most earthquake activity takes place state-wide.

Wednesday's quake was felt in the Richmond area, but hardly felt 80 miles west, though.

"A 3.2 is only just above really where people are going to feel," said Randolph College Physics Professor Peter Sheldon.

Sheldon measured the quake on the college's seismograph, which clearly shows the quake.

Wednesday's quake is what Sheldon calls a micro-quake, big enough to be felt, but too small though to cause concern.

“I don't think that you would expect to see earthquakes much larger than a 3.2 in this region,” Sheldon said. “Actually it's not well understood why there are earthquakes in this part of the country."

In August, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude quake rocked the east coast with its epicenter, in Mineral, about 30 miles from the center of Wednesday's quake.

Sheldon says events like these are few and far between.

"It's pretty well understood that you wouldn't expect large earthquakes in this region," Sheldon continued.

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