Quake Shakes Up the Valley

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, valley residents felt what hit more than 100 miles away - an earthquake. According to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, the earthquake was a magnitude of 4.5 and was centered about 30 miles west of Richmond in Columbia.

Calls came in to TV-3 from throughout the Valley - Waynesboro, Staunton, Middlebrook, Crimora, Harrisonburg, Luray. Staunton police said they received many calls, but no reported damage. But it sure was felt.

Carl Brooks told TV-3, "I felt the building moving and I thought it was construction or something and I walked outside and everybody on my block was standing outside."

Patsy Wilson, co-owner of "Pen and Paper" in Staunton was shocked, "We were just sitting here talking, my husband and I, and all of a sudden there was this tremor and we just kinda stopped and looked at each other."

"I was sitting down and the whole building started to shake and I have a Christmas tree and the ornaments began to shake," said Caroline Miller of Staunton's "Honeysuckle Hill."

Ken Pawlick said he knew exactley what was happening, "The ground started moving - I said, 'It's an earthquake,' 'cause I'd been through one before."


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