Virginia’s Earthquake Shake One Year Later

Posted 1:51 p.m.

Virginia earthquake map

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One year ago today, right now, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Mineral, Va., and our county felt it along with a good portion of the Northeast.

Earthquake preparedness may not have been on top of your mind given the rarity of  the earth moving here. One year later, though, take a quick look at some earthquake preparedness tips.

Two of the most important tips:

  • The best protection is to get under heavy furniture, such as a desk, table or bench, staying away from large windows, mirrors or other glass.
  • The greatest danger is directly outside buildings, at exits and along exterior walls, due to falling debris.

Participate in Upcoming Earthquake Drill

Great SouthEast ShakeOut logoFor the first time, Virginia will participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an earthquake drill set for Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups and others to participate in the SouthEast ShakeOut, including the day of the drill.   

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.