Mineral, VA Earthquake

Mineral, VA Earthquake

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near Mineral, Virginia. Millions of people felt the effects of the quake along the east coast, with reports of minor damage as far away as Charleston, South Carolina, approximately 600 km away. It was the largest earthquake in the eastern U.S. since 1944.—(USGS)

Date of event: August 23, 2011


  • No fatalities reported.
  • Estimated Economic Losses: $200-$300 million

Related Resources:

HSDL Featured Topic: Earthquakes

HSDL Search: Virginia Earthquake

Photo: (Credit: U.S. National Park Service) Damage to the Washington Monument after Mineral, Virginia earthquake, 2011

Scroll to Top