August, 2011

West Virginians were stunned to feel the effects of an earthquake Monday, the 5.8 epicenter near Richmond about 5 miles under the earth.

It lasted about 20 seconds.

(Read earlier Herald stories)

It was a shake, rattle and roll likely not felt since a Virginia earthquake in 1897.

Dozens of Calhoun residents reported their experience with the quake to the Hur Herald, their homes shaking and cracking, buildings swaying and furniture moving.

The quake damaged the historic Barbour County Courthouse in Philippi.

Some buildings in the state were evacuated with bewildered workers rushing outside.

A news story, likely from a Calhoun Chronicle, reported the 1897 event causing a big stir, long before telephone, cell phones, and the instant communication provided by the Internet.

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