Did you feel it? Small quake shakes Giles County

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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A small earthquake was recorded in Giles County Wednesday evening.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the 2.8 magnitude earthquake happened at 8:55 p.m. The quake’s epicenter was located along Sugar Run Mountain, about six miles south of Narrows, Va. The actual depth of the quake was about 20.4 kilometers, or about 12.6 miles, deep.

According to the USGS website, more than a dozen people have reported that they felt the minor quake. There have been no reports of damage or injuries from this earthquake.

This particular quake occurred in Giles County seismic zone (GCSZ): one of Virginia’s seismic zones. These zones are designated to describe an area where earthquakes tend to focus. The GCSZ is located along the New River Valley in Giles County. The seismic zone includes parts of Pulaski, Bland, Wythe, Montgomery, Grayson, and Carroll counties.

The Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources says the GCSZ may be associated with the Narrows Fault, the Saltville Fault, and/or an extension of the Holston Valley Fault.

Southwest Virginia is no stranger to earthquakes, but a majority of these quakes are on the weak side and many people don’t feel them.

This isn’t the first time a quake has shook part of our area, on Nov. 9, 2020, a 2.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded 6.21 miles northwest of Richlands in Tazewell County.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake near Sparta, N.C. occurred on Aug. 9, 2020. Although the quake’s epicenter was in a bordering state, parts of Southwest and Central Virginia were rattled by the seismic waves.

One of the strongest earthquakes to impact Virginia happened in Giles County back in 1897. The historic 5.9 magnitude quake shook Giles County and surrounding areas.

If you felt the earthquake in Giles County, you can send in your report to the USGS by clicking here.

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