3.0-Magnitude Aftershock Shakes Virginia

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:18 PM EDT
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Another strong aftershock has shaken the small town near the epicenter of August's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 3.0-magnitude aftershock occurred at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday about 6 miles southwest of Mineral, the epicenter of the Aug. 23 tremor. The USGS originally reported that the quake was a 2.6, but later increased the strength to 3.0.

Media outlets report the aftershock prompted a brief evacuation of Louisa County Middle School.

It was the 41st aftershock to shake the area since the quake.

Aftershocks are smaller tremors that take place in the weeks and possibly months following a major earthquake.

From the looks of the "Did You Feel It?" map on the USGS site, it doesn't appear that the quake was felt by many in the immediate D.C. area:

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