3.6 Magnitude Quake Hits Maryland

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled parts of suburban Washington early this morning.

The “rare” quake, which struck around 5 a.m. was relatively mild by earthquake standards but stronger than any other earthquake to shake the region since 1974.

As a matter of fact it is the first earthquake with a magnitude of more than 3 to ever be recorded near Washington.

Washington’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency reported no injuries or property damage resulting from the early morning tremor but about an hour after the quake hit people reported to have felt it across Maryland, in nearby Washington, and in states including West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware.

Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, said structural damage was unlikely for a 3.6 magnitude earthquake, but people may continue to experience aftershocks for the next day, or even a week or two after the quake.

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