3.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Powhatan Wednesday Night
by Deirdre Blake
posted May 22 2014 9:28AM
Some skeptics that felt tremors from a 3.2 magnitude earthquake, reported west of Richmond last night, are worried that fracking could have caused it.
The US Geological Survey says it was shallow and fast, just before 10 p.m. It was 0.7 miles deep and was 21 miles west of Brandermill, 27 miles west-southwest of Short Pump and 32 miles west of Richmond. Lots of people called their local media to report tremors, but it's too early for damage reports.
If you don't remember hearing after the 5.8, 2011 Louisa quake, our region is on top of the Central Virginia seismic zone. Since then there have been hundreds of aftershocks.