5.9 Earthquake Strikes the East Coast
At 1:51 p.m. on August 23, a 5.9 earthquake rippled across the East Coast. The Washington Post reports the center of the quake to be near the town of Mineral, Va., and that it was felt as far as Boston and South Carolina.
The paper further claims that this was the strongest quake to hit Virginia since 1897 and only the 25th since it became a state.
"Aftershocks could go on for days, weeks, or even months. They're most likely to be felt under the next three or four days," said Mike Blanpied, associate coordinator for the USGS earthquakes hazards program, in the Washington Post article.
Through minor service outages and evacuations have occurred throughout the quake area, no major damage or casualties have yet been reported. Any suppliers or distributors suffering temporary service outages can forward emergency business contacts to Kyle Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.