A history of earthquakes in the Washington, D.C. area

(USGS)

OK, so Washington felt an earthquake today, and we're all going a little nuts about it. But quakes aren't that foreign to our region. In fact, we shook as recently as last year.

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July 16, 2010: Germantown, Md., at 5:04 a.m.

Magnitude: 3.4.

Although it shocked people in the early morning hours, this quake did no real damage.

Dec. 9, 2003: Northwest of Richmond, Va.

Magnitude: 4.5.

No real damage, but shakes were felt from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Sept. 29, 1997: Manassas, Va., at 1:45 p.m.

Magnitude: 2.5.

Jan. 3, 1990: Reisterstown, Maryland, at 8:47 p.m.

Magnitude: 2.6

May 31, 1897: Giles County, Va., at 1:58 p.m.

Magnitude: 5.9.

February 21, 1774: Petersburg, Va.

Magnitude: 4.5 (est.)

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