August 23, 2011 - M5.8 near Mineral, Virginia Print E-mail

August 23, 2011 - Mineral, Virginia

At approximately 1:51PM local time on Tuesday August 23, 2011 a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near Mineral, Virginia, about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia and 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.  The earthquake is the highest magnitude earthquake to strike Virginia in several years.

This earthquake was felt in several states along the eastern United States seaboard, has caused some injuries and minor damage, and information is still flowing in.  If you felt this earthquake, please visit -

Video from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on today's earthquake

Magnitude 5.8
Date & Time Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:03 PM at epicenter
Epicenter 37.975°N, 77.969°W
14 km (9 miles) SSW (195°) from Mineral, VA
17 km (10 miles) SSE (165°) from Louisa, VA
23 km (14 miles) NE (52°) from Columbia, VA
33 km (21 miles) E (97°) from Lake Monticello, VA
58 km (36 miles) NW (312°) from Richmond, VA
141 km (88 miles) SW (216°) from Washington, DC
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Updated August 23, 2011