UPDATE: Earthquake recorded in Giles County

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According to the US Geological Survey, an earthquake happened in Giles County on Wednesday. 

The 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Pearisburg just after 1:30 p.m. 

WFXR has a reporter working on this story and will have updates as they become available. 

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UPDATE

Even though the earthquake’s epicenter was in Monroe County, WV, it was felt well into lower Virginia counties.

Virginia Tech Research Associate Professor of Geophysics Martin Chapman says the earthquake is not uncommon for the area.

“We’ve recognized this area, what we call the Giles County Seismic Zone, as an area that has more frequent activity than here along the Appalachian region,” he says. He also says quakes were a lot more common in the 1950s to 1970s, and began to taper out in the 1990s.

While this earthquake was the most serious the area has seen in decades, Chapman isn’t too worried about this one.
 
“You can’t really use this as a predictor or a precursor to a bigger earthquake coming here in the near future, we may not see another one like this for another 20 years.”
 
He and his team don’t plan on monitoring the area unless there are aftershocks within 24 hours of the initial quake.
 
Giles County police say there haven’t been any reports of damage at this time.

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