Small quake rattles central Va., 82nd since last summer

WASHINGTON — A magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck central Virginia early Wednesday morning, originating from the same area as the 5.8 tremor that shook the region last summer.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake just after 8 a.m. originated from Mineral, Va., home to the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station, in the area between Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Richmond. See an interactive map of the epicenter here.

Aftershocks followed at 8:08 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. There has been no reported damage.

That area was home to two similarly sized tremors in the last week, the USGS reports.

The quake was too small to be felt in D.C., a USGS spokesman says.

The Aug. 23, 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake caused damage to structures like the Washington Memorial and National Cathedral.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the aftershock is the 82nd since the August quake.

Check back for more information. This story will update.

WTOP’s Paul D. Shinkman and Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Paul, Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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