Researchers to study earthquakes in central Va.

Researchers to study earthquakes in central Va.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Researchers are preparing to conduct a two-month study of earthquakes in central Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1dfmFPW ) reports that 20 seismic stations are being installed for the study by researchers from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Geological Survey. The installations are expected to be completed by Monday.

Virginia Tech seismologist Martin Chapman tells the newspaper that researchers expect to learn a lot about earthquakes in eastern North America because of the region's history of seismic activity.

More than 450 aftershocks have been recorded since a magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mineral in August 2011.

Chapman says the seismic stations will be located in Louisa, Powhatan, Goochland, Cumberland, Buckingham, Fluvanna and Albemarle counties.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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