Earthquake in the Blacksburg area West Virginia - September 13, 2017

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Update 17:47 UTC:  Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake

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Lindside, West Virginia, 2.8 km (1.7 mi)
Blacksburg, Virginia, 35.7 km (22.2 mi) Population: 42,620
Radford, Virginia, 37.5 km (23.3 mi) Population: 16,408
Christiansburg, Virginia, 44.4 km (27.6 mi) Population: 21,041
Charleston, West Virginia, 128.7 km (80.0 mi) Population: 51,400

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-09-13 13:33:10

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-09-13 17:33:10

Depth (Hypocenter) : 18 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Pearisburg, Virginia Sep 13 17:33 3.2 17 MAP
  • pearisburg - Couple seconds of shaking
  • Ballard, WV - A few seconds of shaking.
  • Rich Creek VA - Lasted for a minute to two minutes. Felt like a car had hit the house.
  • Pearisburg - It had a strong distinct sound which I've never experienced with greater magnitude quakes. It was like a big thump sounded on the roof of Giles High School rather like the sound when air conditioning units were being placed on the building during the renovation in the early 2000s. In the late sixties, I remember a quieter greater magnitude quake which moved the couch in my parents home at Newport, when my family, (five) were sitting on it watching television. That was my first quake.
  • Peterstown - Heard a noise sounded like a bomb going off whole house shook and windows rattled lasted all of 5 seconds.
  • Pearisburg, VA - lasted for about 3 seconds. whole house shook, no major damage.
  • Radford Virginia - Like 3-5 seconds
  • Dublin VA - I felt 2 separate shakes, heard nothing,
  • Athens, WV - There was a slight boom sound and the whole house did one big shake and rattle for about 1 second. Thought there was an explosion nearby, but it was an earthquake
  • Alderson - I was on the second floor of our house, and our house shook for about one or two seconds. I could feel it and hear it. Our house shook about five times. There was more time between the first and second shake than the following shakes. As far as I recall the first shake or the first two shakes were the strongest and the last one or two shakes were the weakest. I'm not aware of any damage.
  • Greenville, WV - Light shaking
  • Pembroke , VA - Sounded like a semi driving by. Outfitters Gifts hop building shook for a few seconds.
  • Rock WV - My whole house shook about a minute
  • Radford - All of my windows rattled and I felt a vibration on my living room floor .It lasted about 4 or 5 seconds
  • Blacksburg, VA - Mild shaking as would happen if heavy objects were dropped on deck. House shook a couple times mildly over <10 sec.
  • Radford - I was in class; it lasted about three seconds and was very weak. I didn't know what it was so I just ignored it and kept taking notes. At the end of class a few classmates said that it was an earthquake!
  • Radford - I was sitting in a desk when I felt light shaking. It just felt like someone behind me was pushing their seat into mine
  • Lindside, WV - Loud bang, shake, and it was over.
  • Salem, VA 24153 - Was sitting on the sofa reading when, at approximately 1:32 pm on Sept. 13, 2017, the lampshade started shaking as well as the items on the side table (pen, remote control, etc.). Shaking lasted about 3-5 seconds. Have not noticed any damage yet.
  • Ronceverte - I wondered what a co-worker had done to cause the "slam" and make the building shake.
  • Dublin, VA - I experienced strong shaking that only lasted for a couple of seconds combined with a loud thud. Similar to a tree falling on my roof or someone jumping next to me.
  • greenville - I felt shaking and was on phone with my daughter who lives in Durham N.C. I became afraid and told her i felt shaking and it had to be an earthquake. I ran to my door looked out, came back to the phone.Minutes later again and i knew that was what it was. She laughed . Next day i saw the article about the Va. quake ans sent it to her. I also heard rumbling, as did my mother in law.
  • Huntington - Shaking on and off was felt. Appears to be no damage to any structures.
  • Charleston - I'm in Charleston WV today and felt shaking and if I was in a row boat today. Anything going on???
  • EMSC West Virginia Sep 13 17:33 3.2 18 MAP I Felt It INFO




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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