Small earthquake recorded off Maryland-Virginia coast

A small earthquake happened off the Atlantic coast on the Virginia-Maryland coast Wednesday night.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded about 19 miles east of Chincoteague, Virginia. According to USGS data, the earthquake happened just before 8:30 p.m. and the depth was 11.2 km.

An earthquake of this magnitude is typically not felt, but it can be recorded by a seismograph.

As of Thursday morning, there were no reports of any injuries or damage.

This is the second earthquake in the Mid-Atlantic since October 2022 when a 2.0 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Maryland, mostly in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties.

The report of Wednesday night’s 2.6 magnitude earthquake off the Virginia coast.
(Courtesy USGS)

Tadiwos Abedje

Tadi Abedje is a freelance digital writer/editor for WTOP. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Northern Virginia. Journalism has been his No. 1 passion since he was a kid and he is blessed to be around people, telling their stories and sharing them with the world.

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