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Residents Shocked After Earthquake Hits Braxton Co.
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 01, 2013 @ 11:37AM
Created on April 01, 2013 @ 6:52PM

Easter morning is usually quiet for most, but for some residents of Braxton County, it was downright shocking.

Braxton County's 911 center told 5 News they received several calls from people across the county who experienced what we now know was an earthquake.

It hit around 10 a.m. this morning and could be felt in Gassaway, Frametown, and surrounding states like Virginia.

There were no injuries or damage to any homes.

Neighbors in the area said while the shake only lasted a couple of seconds, the vibrations were definitely notable.

Suzanna Wilmoth of Braxton County said, "When I felt it, I kind of grabbed the arms of the chair and I thought 'what was that?'  And it woke my husband up.  So, I thought, 'okay, I've got to go outside and check this stuff out.'  I thought it was a tree that fell on the house.  There was no tree.  Nothing was wrong with the roof.  I didn't know what in the world it was."

Her co-worker April Garrett felt the shake, but didn't know what it was until she heard other people taking about it later.  Garrett said, "I didn't really know what it was.  I just felt something shake behind me.  I was sitting on my couch, and I was like, 'who's out there rumbling something?'  I went outside, and there was nobody there."

The United States Geological Survey reports the quake came in at a 2.7 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter was four miles west-southwest of Gassaway and seven miles west-southwest of Sutton.

The largest earthquake felt in the mountain state was back in 1969 and was a 4.5.


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Mar 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Check your facts, August 23,2011 quake just outside of DC with a magnitude of 5.8 is the largest "felt in the mountain state"
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