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Reported quake or seismic-like event: 5.6 mi west of Newport News, Virginia, USA, 24 May 11:05 am (GMT -4) -

Reported quake or seismic-like event: 5.6 mi west of Newport News, Virginia, USA, 24 May 11:05 am (GMT -4) Reported quake or seismic-like event: 5.6 mi west of Newport News, Virginia, USA, 24 May 11:05 am (GMT -4)
24 May 15:10 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.
Update Mon, 24 May 2021, 15:31

Earthquake reported about 20 minutes ago near Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

We are receiving unverified early reports of seismic activity in or near Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA on 24 May 2021 (GMT) at approximately 15:05.
There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this earthquake. We expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location and magnitude mentioned are indicative and temporary until the AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 24, 2021 15:08:22 UTC -
Local time at epicenter24 May 11:05 am (GMT -4)
Statusunconfirmed
Magnitudeunknown (3.8?)
Depth50.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude37.10158°N / 76.56846°W (Newport News, Virginia, United States)
Antipode37.102°S / 103.432°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt294 reports
Primary data sourceVolcanoDiscovery (User-reported shaking)
Nearby towns and cities9 km (6 mi) WNW of Newport News (pop: 182,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
21 km (13 mi) WNW of Southampton (pop: 136,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) SE of Williamsburg (pop: 15,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (22 mi) NNW of Portsmouth Heights (pop: 99,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
38 km (24 mi) NW of Norfolk (pop: 246,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
41 km (25 mi) NW of Norfolk County (pop: 235,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) N of Suffolk (pop: 88,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
59 km (37 mi) WNW of Virginia Beach City (pop: 452,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
94 km (58 mi) ESE of Richmond (pop: 220,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
204 km (127 mi) SSE of Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 21.1°C (70 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 9 m/s (17 kts) from ENE
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Seismic station: Corbin (Fredericksburg Observatory), Virginia, USA (CBN/US network) | Distance from quake: 142 km / 88 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Corbin (Fredericksburg Observatory), Virginia, USA: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (357)

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Virginia Beach (54.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Sharp initiation followed be 5 seconds of rumble | 7 users found this interesting.  
Hampton (24.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short : Weak shaking, loud bump on roof. Sounded like something fell on it | 7 users found this interesting.  
Poquoson, VA (18.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : One single jolt that I could feel under my feet. Things around my desk rattled. It felt like the whole house moved in that one jolt. | 6 users found this interesting.  
  • I'm on Bull Island too and felt one loud thud and shake. Thought it might be a sonic boom from the jets at Langley.
Hampton, Virginia (28.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard a loud boom and the house shook. Ran upstairs. Thought that maybe someone was cutting down trees and it hit the house. Very eerie. I remembered the last quake we had. It wasn't that severe but it was scary. I live close to LAFB. Thought that maybe | 2 users found this interesting.  
Gloucester Point, Virginia (16.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Felt like an explosion that was not close. Windows rattled and house trembled. It did not wake my sleeping mother. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Virginia Beach / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Load boom then heavy shake | 4 users found this interesting.  
  • Felt 3 times. Felt the same as other people. Sounded more like a crash or something falling rather than a boom. The vibration moved from east to west like a wave.
Newport News, Virginia (12.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : Heard a faint sound and a pressure shift and another faint sound. It felt like when someone opens and closes the heavy front door but no one was home except me. | One user found this interesting.  
Virginia Beach (56.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : doors and windows and windows rattling. VERY loud boom and about 5 minutes later another loud boom. Felt like sonic boom of fighter jet or some naval ocean experiment | One user found this interesting.  
near Lynchburg, Virginia (230.3 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : A slite shaking that woke me up. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Newport News VA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : My room moved and the sound was compared to a high wind gust, except there's no wind, I was on the 2nd floor, sewing room. | One user found this interesting.  
Hampton, Virginia (25.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Quick jolt .. thought it was construction related but no noise preceded the jolt/shake precisely at 11:09  
near Newport News, Virginia (5.9 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I fell down the stairs landed on my cat he died in the event of the earth shaking and also I broke my spine and I’m parrelized from waist down  
Virginia Beach (58.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : Loud noise and the house shook abruptly. I walked around to figur out if something fell. There was a dumpster outside I hadn’t noticed befor and I thought they might have dropped.  
Gloucester Point, Virginia (16.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Felt like an explosion that was not close. Windows rattled and house trembled. It did not wake my sleeping mother.  
Hampton, Virginia (25.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short : Was standing on 3rd floorof our Chesapeake Bay front home and felt house move front to back with just 1 distinct movement  
Hampton, Virginia (25.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Quick jolt .. thought it was construction related but no noise preceded the jolt/shake precisely at 11:09  
Yorktown va (12.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : Like a gust of wind hitting the house. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Newport News / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It was loud. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Hampton, va / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : At approx 11:07 am I heard a loud boom and I was on the third floor of my house and I felt like my house had been hit by a Mack truck it shook so hard both my pets were extremely alarmed | 2 users found this interesting.  
Poquoson, Virginia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Sudden boom and vibration. Thought a tree hit the house. I went outside to look. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Virginia Beach (60.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Working at oceanfront heard loud thud like something dropped and vibrational shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Woodbridge, Prince William, Virginia (183.3 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Vibrating rumbling sounds | One user found this interesting.  
Hampton (22.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : Bed swayed slightly for approximately 2 seconds | One user found this interesting.  
HAMPTON / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Light rumble, house creaked. I thought a branch fell on my house but there was nothing when I went out to look.  
Bow Creek Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Was cool! | One user found this interesting.  
Virginia Beach / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Loud boom and shaking. | One user found this interesting.  
Virginia Beach / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Heard very loud boom and light shake. | One user found this interesting.  
Va beach / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Also felt an after shock very quick | One user found this interesting.  
32nd St., Virginia Beach, VA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : Heard and felt a loud boom. | One user found this interesting.  
At home in kitchen in Buckroe Beach, VA (25.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : While sitting in the kitchen I heard a load boom and the entire house shook and windows rattled. Short duration, 1-2 seconds at most. Very similar to the sonic booms we feel from jets at nearby AFB. | One user found this interesting.  
Hampton, Virginia / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Sounds and felt like a very loud boom. | One user found this interesting.  
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