Earthquake in Virginia: 3.2-magnitude earthquake reported by USGS

POWHATAN, Va. -- A 3.2-magnitude earthquake has been reported near Powhatan, Virginia, according to the USGS.

The earthquake happened 8 miles southwest of Powhatan, which is about 30 miles west of Richmond.

The USGS says the earthquake happened at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents in Hanover, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Louisa and Henrico have reported they felt the earthquake, according to WTVR.

As of 10:25 p.m., the USGS has received over 887 intensity reports from people that felt the earthquake.

According to the USGS, the largest earthquake in the seismic zone occurred in 2011. The 2011 Virginia 5.8 earthquake occured on August 23, 2011 in the Piedmont region.

The epicenter was in Louisa County, 38 miles northwest of Richmond. The quake was felt across more than a dozen states.


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