Scientists Discuss Likelihood of Earthquakes in Virginia

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- According to scientists, an earthquake the size of the one in California could happen here in the valley.

Virginia is no stranger to earthquakes and it's that very reason why experts are warning people to be prepared.

The earthquake that struck Virginia back in 2011 had a 5.8 magnitude.

That quake caused almost $90 million in damages to houses, schools and other buildings as far away as Baltimore.

Justin Brown with the geophysics lab at James Madison University and said Sunday's quake in California should be a reminder to everyone that it can happen in Virginia.

"We have faults that running all over this part of the world especially here in Virginia. We actually sit in what's called the Virginia seismic zone. And it's basically a whole bunch of faults that are associated with the Appalachian mountains that are running around here and those faults can rupture," said Brown.

Brown said the best way to be prepared is to take part in a national drill called the "Great ShakeOut."

The drill is on October 16th. You can find more information about it at www.shakeout.org.


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