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Field survey and damage assessment of the Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of August 23, 2011

Open-File Report 2012-1198

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Abstract

The town of Mineral, Virginia (Va.), underwent an M=5.8 earthquake on August 23, 2011. A U.S. Geological Survey team was sent to visually inspect and document the damage in the cities of Richmond, Charlottesville, Louisa, and Mineral, Va. Our inspection concluded that the Modified Mercalli Intensity rating of moderate (V) to very strong (VII) is consistent with the expected and observed damage at these locations. Louisa County, Va., sustained the most extensive damage. We photographed fallen chimneys, collapsed walls, and cracked foundations. From visual inspection of the above-listed locations, this report catalogs the range and extent of damage from the August 23, 2011, earthquake for future reference and analysis.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Field survey and damage assessment of the Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of August 23, 2011
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2012-1198
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earthquake Science Center
Description:
iv, 20 p.
Number of Pages:
24
Country:
United States
State:
Virginia
City:
Mineral
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N