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3.1-mag. shakes Va.; roughly 100th since last summer

Monday - 3/26/2012, 6:44am  ET

More information on the quake's epicenter. (Courtesy USGS)

WASHINGTON - A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck just outside Mineral, Va. late Sunday night.

WTOP listeners say they felt the earthquake in Orange and Spotsylvania counties. Mineral is home to the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station.

There have been dozens of aftershocks, the Associated Press reports.

Lamont James was watching TV with his wife in their home in Spotsylvania County when they felt the shaking. He came out of his house and saw his neighbor, he says, who confirmed he also felt the tremor.

"I said, ‘Oh my god, here we go, another earthquake again,'" James says.

"In comparison to the earthquake we had last summer, it felt like the tremor we had that evening and then again the next day," he says.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake struck a little after 11:21 p.m. Sunday, just 8 miles from Mineral, which is about 85 miles south of the District. This is the 12th quake since the 2.5 tremor that shook the region last January, according to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

There are no reports of damage.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the same area on Aug. 23, 2011. An unofficial count marks Sunday's as the 94th tremor since then.

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