Experts Say the Earthquake in Hanover Over the Weekend Will Not Be the Last
An expert on earthquakes at Virginia Tech says the small tremor that hit about 20 miles north of Richmond over the weekend will not be the last, nor will it be the biggest. Charles Fishburne reports.
Virginia is riddled with fault lines and has already seen 500 million years of tectonic activity and experts say, it is not over yet.
Chapman: Oh, there's no doubt about that; yeah, there'll be larger earthquakes than this one.
Dr. Martin Chapman at Virginia Tech is Virginia’s earthquake expert.
Chapman: The last time we had a significant earthquake was back in 2003. We had back-to-back magnitude 4 1/2 earthquakes in the middle of Goochland County and that's a very rural area, but those kinds of earthquakes could occur closer to Richmond and if they did, then there would be a lot of consternation.
Virginia has a significant history of earthquakes in the 18th, 19th and 20th century and he says the weekend tremor should be a reminder and a warning.
Chapman: Yeah, they certainly are a warning; they should be telling folks that Virginia, although the hazard is small compared to California, you know, it's not zero.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News