USGS radius effects of Virginia 5.8 earthquake

August 24, 2011VIRGINIA The 5.8 magnitude Virginia earthquake of 2011 occurred at 1:51 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone, which is believed to have produced the strongest magnitude in the history of Virginia in May 1897, a 5.9 earthquake in Giles County. The U.S. Geological Survey says the area has produced “small and moderate earthquakes since at least the 18th century.” The last known earthquake to have originated from the zone’s epicenter occurred in 1875, when effective seismographs were not invented, but the damage from the shock suggested that it had a magnitude of about 4.8, USGS said. “The 1875 earthquake shook bricks from chimneys, broke plaster and windows, and overturned furniture at several locations,” the agency’s statement said. Another earthquake from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone that caused minor damage occurred Dec. 9, 2003, and had a magnitude 4.5. Though Virginia earthquakes rarely have caused injury, tremors can be felt over a wide region. “East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as 10 times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the West Coast,” USGS stated. –IB Times
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26 Responses to USGS radius effects of Virginia 5.8 earthquake

  1. Earthquake felt in Rhode Island:


  2. Earthquake felt in Michigan:


  3. Stephen says:

    Hi Alvin,
    Does this incident confirm that our solar system is travelling in a turbulent region? And does this have anything to do with solar flares? And if an earthquake of that magnitude, 5.9, occurs only once in a span of a hundred years, can we really say that “inactive” fault lines have awaken? Because I guess this 5.9 will not happen again only until another hundred years, so maybe fault lines in this area are not really that active?


    • Stephen,

      Well, turbulent as it applies to space means increased radiant energy fluxes and or debris fields (comets, asteroids, ect) since space is a vacuum and yes, we should be experiencing a degree of both over the next few years. I believe this is unrelated to solar flares. There were none occurring at the time the Colorado or the Virginia earthquakes struck. However, look at planet Earth and you’ll find it is a catastrophic model. There are volcanoes and mountain ranges under Antarctica, so the land mass could not have formed under ice 2 miles thick. The oceans are also a relatively recent geological feature- as the Pacific and Atlantic are both examples, in my mind, of collapsed lithospheric basins. The mountains around the world are the results of violent uplifts, volcanoes, geological upheaval or plate collisions. The Great Lakes were gorged by ice as was the Grand Canyon by water. Violent super volcanic eruptions occurred in Chile, Argentina, Colorado, Yellowstone, Lake Tabo, Lake Taupo, Canada, China, and Japan. The Hawaiian Islands, as were numerous others in the world’s oceans, were formed by underwater volcanic activity. Meanwhile on land, fiery volcanoes tear at the surface of the earth from Vanuatu to Easter Island. We enjoy the benefits of what we assume is a calm, sane, relatively peaceful world only at the expense of the unimaginable geological horrors in the past that created it. So yes, the Earth’s surface contains innumerable faults, cracks and geologic fissures and many of these can lay dormant for hundreds or even thousands of years before being reactivated. If anything, we’re returning to the a new period of geologic catastrophism as I have been warning about for years and this process will see the ignition of many new earthquakes and volcanoes and the fragmentation of major land masses. Immanuel Velikovsky’s posthumous book Mankind in Amnesia describes the collective amnesia humanity has suffered from over the years in the pursuit of progress at the expense of wiping out what it thought was inferior indigenous cultures, along with many of their oral and written histories of past catastrophes.

      Hope all is well,


      • NickK0 says:

        I remember when Immanuel Velikovsky was dismissed as a crackpot…… and still is, really.

        He may well be, a crackpot, and a charlatan.
        However, his theories are intriguing…. and are worth investingating, IMO.

        – Nick


  4. Shawnta says:

    We are in Greenbelt, MD, and we felt moderate to strong shaking for 3-5 minutes.
    We were terrified…I can only imagine what Japan must have experienced. 😦
    We are all safe…no harm done.


    • Good to hear Shawnta. Thanks for weighing in as always.

      God bless,


    • Rick says:

      No Shawnta, it was only 30-45 seconds, max…it may have FELT like 3-5 minutes to you, but I live closer to the epicenter (Northern Virginia) than you and it wasn’t as long as you indicate.

      That said, this was my first moderate quake experience and it’s something I will not soon forget!

      Alvin, Mankind in Amnesia is indeed a great book–I read it back in the ’70s along with Earth in Upheaval and highly recommend both. Velikovsky was ridiculed for his belief in
      catastrophism but has been vindicated over time.


      • Indeed Rick, and you’re absolutely right about both the books and the Velikovsky’s vindication.

        Take care,


      • Rick I was in my living room and only live 45 minutes from the epi-center. I was sitting at my computer when the shaking started i thought it was my washer at first. My washer sits right on a wall and when unbalanced it will shake the walls like that. Where i live It roared You could hear it like a train. Then my 55 gallon tank started moving and i knew it was an earthquake but it did feel like it was longer than 30 seconds I understand the 3 minutes remark.. It felt like it came in waves. People get scared so give them a break on the time. It was mild shaking at first and then it intensified and things went flying everywhere. I just hope i never have to deal with that again.


  5. Susan D. says:

    Wondering if this quake could give us a heads up on the possibility of the New Madrid shifting? I live in Mississippi, a couple of hours from Memphis and have always wondered what effect a quake the size of the Virginia quake would have on the middle Mississippi Valley and the states that border the Mississippi River. I know that there was a huge quake there in the late 1800s that would have been devastating on the populated areas there today. What should we look for? Or are we already seeing it?


    • Susan, no the New Madrid is not shifting. It’s a very serious fault from the land mass formation of North America. The North American continent was on the verge of splitting in two basically from the Canada to New Madrid, along something called the Mid-Continent Rift. For whatever reason, probably tectonic plate pressures elsewhere, the process rifted the substrata in the Middle of the U.S. and then ceased. The Madrid Fault is another monster altogether. The Virgina earthquake was only a 5.8 and lasted only a few seconds. The 1811-1812 New Madrid quakes were probably a 7.5 to an 8 and holds the unofficial record (since there were no seismometers) behind the 2004 earthquake (10 minutes) for the longest shaking ever said to accompany an earthquake; 10 to 12 minutes. That’s almost an eternity for a quake to be shaking such a densely populated region- few things would be left standing in its aftermath- Japan’s March 11 earthquake had a duration of about 5 to 6 minutes and look at the damage it did being centered in the ocean. The 1811 New Madrid earthquake was felt as far away as Canada and soil liquefaction also occurred, where the ground instantly turned to liquid. The day New Madrid is hit by a 7 magnitude earthquake or larger is the day an estimated 7 million people in the U.S. will be homeless. Most likely, the quake will come with little or no warning as did the Colorado and Virgina quakes. There are also 15 nuclear power plants in the New Madrid zone so an even greater horror, similar to Japan, could be unleashed in the aftermath of a large earthquake. Not trying to scare you, but if you live in the region, you should have an emergency kit ready with at least 3 days of provisions in it.


  6. Cynic says:

    A left leaning web site just posted about the possibility of the quake being caused by fracking. Makes sense to me.


  7. luisport says:

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    há 23 horas


  8. idiotbox says:

    The New Madrid awakens ……enjoy the ride, it most likely be your last.
    If you are near it, I suggest you move yesterday, although the rest of the US will fall in it’s path of devestation, the nuclear disaster that will follow along with the breaking of North America will leave a lasting (impression ( to say the least) don’t forget the establishment, is, and has been, aware of this and will allow the death of many, please, let us make shure that they are held responsible for their deception.


    • whatchagonnado? says:

      Hello Idiotbox,
      I do live fairly close to the New Madrid (Nashville), and I am very concerned for my family that is there. Who do not believe there are earth changes occuring, no matter how much info I send them. I have read on some sites that FEMA has purchased body bags, blankets and rations to feed serveral million people in case of the New Madrid Fault “wakes up”. There is so much information it is difficult to distingish between “fact and fiction” at times. I defintely come to this site daily (several times) and get the latest updates. I have only been watching quakes closely since the Japan earthquake, and it continually amazes me that the media does not talk about all the earthquakes that are occuring all over the world plus all the volcanos. You would think that they would show the preparations being made in case of a event, however they cover 2 days of the Virginia earthquake. With sunspots, volcano’s, and earthquakes you would think someone in the media would “wake up”.


      • J Guffey says:

        Whatchagonnado – you have come to the best sight I know of to get the most up-to-date information.
        I too am concerned: for family, friends, and people I don’t even know. My dear Lord in Heaven has given me a burden for those that deny Him. Time as we know it is so short. Soon every knee will bow and every tongue confess, Jesus Christ is Lord, but for some it will be too late. May God help you reach your family and loved ones too. God bless.


      • Hello whatchagonnado?. I understand what you are saying. I started watching storms many years ago. Then I started watching earthquakes when I discovered the USGS site at the beginning of this year, before New Zealand, and although I have always been fascinated with volcanoes, only recently have I been following them as closely as I do now. I am also a student of Biblical eschatology. So, when I post something or try to warn someone of what is to come, I’m either ignored, argued with, or I just get that “deer in the headlights” look. And this is sometimes coming from close family. I have also read about the FEMA preparations and FEMA camps.

        Now when will the media wake up? They won’t. And the ones who want to are silenced. Why? I’m not sure. Probably something to do with powerful people controlling them. My opinion here. My belief is that this is all being orchestrated for the coming of the man of lawlessness, the one we call the AntiChrist. And he will come to power because the world will be in total chaos at that time. And, of course, that is all being orchestrated by an Almighty God for His perfect plan.

        So continue warning your family. You never know when at least one person will listen. With everything that is going on, people are noticing.

        God bless and Maranatha.


      • whatchagonnado? I will pray for your family.


  9. luisport says:

    NASA / NOAA GOES-13 satellite image showing earth on August 24, 2011 at 11:45 UTC (7:45 a.m. EDT)

    Hurricane Irene is visible over the Bahamas in this image. Irene is headed northwest at 12 mph towards the East Coast.

    Full Disk Image of Earth Captured August 24, 2011


  10. Eileen Eichler says:

    Hello folks, I too find this an amazingly useful site. Thank you Alvin for your information and the understanding that it brings. I live just a few miles outside Christchurch, New Zealand and I can tell you from personal experience that the violence of the larger magnitude quakes is more than you can imagine from experiencing a mag. 5. The first 7.1 woke me out of a sound sleep, the noise was huge and everything that could shake did shake. The 6.3 was equally noisy and could be heard approaching, something like the sound of a freight train or a large truck. There was time to register the sound and then the quake hit the house like a fist, and once again, everything that could shake, did. We have had hundreds of moderate quakes since then, 5,s 4,s and 3,s, and 2,s. There have been roughly 7000 quakes sinc the first, and it has been a very wearing time for all. With a heavy snowfall just past, those in cracked and broken houses are having a difficult time of it. I have been very blessed as my home is still intact, although, I do have a grab bag of emergency clothes, medicines, etc. beside my bed, and an emergency stash out in the woodshed in case of need. The quakes have all been shallow, hence, noisy and rough, I will never feel the same again when I hear a low flying airplane, or a heavy truck, I will probably always jump now. The quakes are still occurring nearly a year on, over the past few days we have had a swarm of them. A 2, 3, and a 4, I suppose that they will eventually stop.


  11. heather says:

    Refering to the Virginia Quake, I thought that the aftershocks would br like 3.0 and smaller. The one today was 4.5. Could they be foreshocks instead? I can’t stress the need for God enough to my family. I tell them of the wonderful miracles in our church, like a woman had cancer and a week later after all the prayers it was gone. I told my mom this and she says “thats what I’m afraid of, mixed up test result”. I don’t know what to do except tell those who will listen and pray for those who don’t. Knock the dust from your shoes and go to the next who WILL hear.


    • “David Oppenheimer, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said aftershocks should be expected for months. “You’ll feel magnitude 3 earthquakes over great distances … I would expect tens of magnitude 3s for earthquakes of this size,” Oppenheimer said from Menlo Park, California.” –Reuters, August 24, 2011

      The geologist in the article didn’t mention any 4+ aftershocks….the reality is aftershocks can be equal or slightly less than the orignal and there’s no real way to guess which immediately after an earthquake.


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