Rattle on: We've had 'more than 100' aftershocks
Still feeling multiple aftershocks every day? Friends saying you're dreaming? You may not be, according to a top earthquake scientist, who says that there have been "more than 100 aftershocks."
Bill Leith, the acting senior advisor for earthquake hazards for the U.S. Geologic Survey, say that Central Virginians will continue to feel about a dozen aftershocks per day in the immediate future. At press time, the Survey's website listed 19 quakes of 2.0 and above since the 5.8 whopper on August 23, and sensitive devices are registering many more.
"These aftershocks are going to go on for weeks and months," says Leith, adding that the magnitudes with diminish over time.
How about another big one?
"We can't rule out another large aftershock," says Leith, "but the probabilities are low."
Original August 27 headline and posting:
Irene-schmirene: We've had TEN aftershocks
Irene has just begun its Charlottesville sprinkling, but the hurricane has begun weakening and steering east, and folks in Louisa County are still reeling in the aftermath of the earthquakes that have hammered their houses and schools. According to a Friday damage report by government officials, they've already tallied about $7 million in damage– and that doesn't even include the two public schools that'll be closed for the entire school year.
Meanwhile, the rumbles continue with at least ten officially measured aftershocks, according to the United States Geological Service, with a 3.4, a 4.2, and a 4.5 on the Richter Scale.
Update: The USGS hasn't yet reported the two smaller shocks we felt on either side of 7am today. It they do, that would bring the official number of earthquakes here to 13.
Correction: It turns out that the photo used to illustrate this "100 aftershocks" story– a picture of the defunct Price's Pantry grocery store– showed damage that occurred four days before the earthquake, an automobile accident allegedly caused by 60-year-old Stephen Holman of Ruther Glen and claiming the life of 63-year old Carol A. Reeves of Mineral.Read more on: earthquake