Earthquakes are probably the most difficult type of disaster to prepare for, for two reasons. First, there is absolutely no warning when one is going to strike. Second, you never know how or where it’s going to strike. Two earthquakes of the same magnitude aren’t necessarily going to have the same destructive capability. On August 23, 2011 an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit 30 miles NW of Richmond. This earthquake was not only felt in the Hampton Roads, but as far north as Canada and as far south as Georgia.

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