Multiple Quake Aftershocks Overnight

The D.C. region continues to feel the effects of the other natural disaster last week.

Since Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded 5 aftershocks in the area.

The strongest of the tremors happened at 11:16 p.m. Sunday evening, registering 2.7 in magnitude.

There have been no reports of significant damage.

Four of the aftershocks were epicentered near Louisa. The first, a magnitude 2.2, occurred at 4:18 p.m. Sunday. It was followed by a magnitude 2.3 aftershock at 9:06 p.m. Sunday, a 2.0 magnitude aftershock at 11:15 p.m. Sunday and another two minutes later that was 2.7 magnitude.

A fifth aftershock occurred at 12:19 a.m. Monday 7 miles south of Mineral, the epicenter of Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake.

Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude quake was the strongest in Virginia since the 19th century.  U.S.G.S. researchers said because of the nature of the East Coast's plate tectonics, quakes are less common than on the West Coast but are felt across a much larger area.  Virginia and the surrounding region could continue to feel aftershocks for weeks.

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