(04/29/2010)
UPDATE - Officials have checked the Sutton Dam following reports of earthquakes in Braxton County, and found no signs of damage.

A Braxton residence did show damage. New cracks appeared in the foundation and walls at Michael Nottingham's rented home in The U.S. Geological Survey's website shows a 2.6-magnitude quake struck at 9:36 Wednesday night. It was followed by a 2.7-magnitude earthquake at 8:38 a.m. Thursday.

People reported windows and homes shaking in the Gassaway and Frametown areas but there wasn't any significant damage.

ORIGINAL STORY - More minor earthquakes have been reported in Braxton County during the past 24-hours.

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed two earthquakes, late Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Wednesday's earthquake was recorded at 9:30 pm and measured 2.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was six miles northwest of Flatwoods. Another quake was recorded about 8:30 a.m. today, registering 2.7.

An earlier quake was reported on April 4th near Servia, not far from the Calhoun County line. It registered 2.8.

Shake, rattle and rolling was reported by Braxton resident William James, who lives near Gassaway.

"We were sitting in the living room watching TV and it just sounded exactly like someone hit it [the house] with a big wire cable," said James, talking about the Wednesday night event.

Thursday morning, James said he was doing some work in the couple's bedroom when he felt the ground move.

"Four double doors that went into a side closet they just started shaking and I looked up to see that they were shaking," he told MetroNews.

He said it was instantly over.

The USGS says earthquakes are not common in West Virginia, but there is a major earthquake fault that comes up the Ohio Valley.


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