Small earthquake shakes up area outside Richmond

WASHINGTON — A 2.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Goochland, outside of Richmond, Virginia, late Sunday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor hit around 10:11 p.m. west-northwest of Short Pump.

People as far away as Rockville, Maryland, felt the seismic shakes. See a map of the earthquake’s range on the U.S. Geological Survey website.

This latest quake may be one of many aftershocks felt in the wake of the tremendous 5.8-magnitude shake-up that struck Mineral, Virginia on Aug, 23, 2011.

The Mineral earthquake was the largest in the area since 1944 and was felt by tens of millions of people along the East Coast.

The Mineral quake caused $200 to $300 million worth of damages.

A map of where the earthquake struck:

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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