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Quake Sets Off Lake Campus Instruments

August 23, 2011

Photo provided/Michael Baxter This photograph is a screen shot of the monitoring station at the Lake Campus shortly after the 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit near Mineral, Va.

ST. MARYS — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake that rattled Virginia and much of the northern East Coast caused instruments at Wright State University Lake Campus to jump Tuesday afternoon.

The quake struck shortly before 2 p.m. and its epicenter was near Mineral, Va., west of Richmond. The impact of the quake caused a monitoring station at the Lake Campus to jump and the Auglaize County EMA reported receiving numerous phone calls regarding an earthquake.

"That's huge — that's the biggest one since they've had recording instruments," said Chuck Ciampaglio, associate professor of Geology at the Lake Campus. "This is crazy. This is big."

The Lake Campus is part of a consortium that monitors seismic activity across the state. A monitor and screen allow the public to view the current data and Tuesday's quake was clearly evident.

"This is a big one and it's kind of weird because it's right where the Piedmont of Virginia — the foothills — hits the coastal plain," Ciampaglio said. "It's a little further east than I would have expected it."

— Read more in Wednesday's edition of The Evening Leader.

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