Virginia earthquake felt in Connecticut, beyond, on Aug. 23


An earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 23, sent shock waves up and down the East Coast that were felt here in the Northwest Corner.

The quake was the strongest to hit the East Coast in 67 years and almost as strong (5.8 on the Richter Scale) as the most powerful quake in Virginia’s recorded history — a 5.9 quake that occurred in May 1897 in Giles County, Va.

At Lakeville Journal Co. headquarters in Lake-
ville, tremors shook the newsroom. Editors reported watching their desks sway.

In Winsted, the quake rattled The Gilbert School.

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