Small Earthquake Reported in Northern Virginia

May 8, 2008

The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has been recorded in the northern Virgiina-Washington, D.C. area.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake occurred at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the epicenter was about a mile from Annandale. The Geological Survey estimated its magnitude at 1.8.

According to the Geological Survey’s Web site, Earthquakes with magnitude of about 2.0 or less are usually called microearthquakes; they are not commonly felt by people and are generally recorded only on local seismographs.

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