Minutes after the quake, the director of the U.S. Geological Survey, -- who watched objects falling from the shelves in her office -- cautioned that the shaking might not be over. “What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it’s a foreshock, then the worse is yet to come.”
Earthquake SummaryTectonic Summary The Virginia earthquake of 2011 August 23 occurred as reverse faulting on a north or northeast-striking plane within a previously recognized seismic zone, the "Central Virginia Seismic Zone." The Central Virginia Seismic Zone has produced small and moderate earthquakes since at least the 18th century. The previous largest historical shock from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone occurred in 1875. The 1875 shock occurred before the invention of effective seismographs, but the felt area of the shock suggests that it had a magnitude of about 4.8. The 1875 earthquake shook bricks from chimneys, broke plaster and windows, and overturned furniture at several locations. A magnitude 4.5 earthquake on 2003, December 9, also produced minor damage.
I was very glad to have a friend- Mendy Tanner, who lives in Virginia -very near our missionary. She told me that she had just talked my missionary. They were all at a Zone Conference in the church building when the earthquake hit. They are all safe and accounted for.
The earthquake was felt as far north as NYC and Rhode Island- for rememberance here are a few pictures.
President Obama's golf game is interupted, he asks, Ya'll having a party of somethin?
From the missionary Moms group:> Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:48:36 -0400
> Subject: [LDSmmSEUS] Earthquake in VA
Just wanted you all to know your missionaries got a good shake up. I'm surethey are all fine and will have fun stories to tell. It was a little scarywhen it was happening, but didn't last too long. Phone service is backed upso difficult to call or text in or out. But just wanted you to know that noinjuries have been reported or any damages. Epi- Center was south of Fredericksburg in Mineral, VA. 5.9. Bridges are being inspected, trains arebeing delayed and tunnels closed until inspected. Hope this helps and youdon't worry.-- Lia LeeRMM Elder Ryan Lee - Birmingham England Mission 1/07-1/09