3.4 earthquake jolts Virginia

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Oh no, not again: Some Virginia residents awoke Thursday to a 3.4-magnitude earthquake occurring shortly after 5 a.m. EDT. It came just nine days after a much larger earthquake -- which also originated in Virginia -- jolted much of the East Coast.

The temblor, with an epicenter 36 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., appears to be an aftershock to the Aug. 23 quake. That one measured 5.8 magnitude and was felt as far away as Ohio and Massachusetts.

‘Yup, this one woke me up,’ one resident commented on the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s website.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage from Thursday’s quake.


In the Aug. 23 quake, the Washington Monument developed several cracks -- including one 4 feet long and as much as 1 inch wide. Since then, the iconic tourist attraction has been closed to the public while engineers decide how to repair it.

The National Cathedral in Washington also has been closed because of damage from last week’s quake. Three of its four pinnacles cracked and fell onto the roof.


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