Louisa Minor Quake An Aftershock

Does Not Mean Larger Earthquake Is Coming Soon

July 05, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Louisa, VA (wrva.com) - A small, 1.7 magnitude earthquake struck Louisa Thursday morning.  Virginia Tech earthquake expert Martin Chapman says the quake is an aftershock from the 2011 5.8 earthquake, which was felt along the East Coast.

Chapman says it is not unusual for aftershocks to be felt years after the initial quake.  He says they are continuing to monitor the area, and aftershocks are common.  However, he says it does not mean another stronger earthquake is likely in the near future.

Chapman points out, however, that the area is seismically active, and that a stronger earthquake will eventually occur.