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Virginia Earthquake Felt, Recorded at the Da Vinci Science Center

Tuesday’s earthquake in Virginia was felt and recorded at the Da Vinci Science Center by its Quakes and Shakes Seismometer.

The earthquake took place shortly before 2 p.m. eastern time, and shook the Da Vinci Science Center building lightly. Some employees and visitors reported that they did not even feel the tremor. There has been no noticeable effect or damage on the Center’s building and there was no disruption in operations, said Troy A. Thrash, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO.

The quake took place near Richmond, Va., according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and has been measured at a magnitude of 5.8. The Da Vinci Science Center confirms its readings of earthquakes by comparing its data with real-time data from the USGS.

The Quakes and Shakes Seismometer at the Da Vinci Science Center was made possible by a grant from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). The instrument’s feed can be seen live on the Da Vinci Science Center’s website.


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