For the first time in over a century, a rare, and strong earthquake shook the eastern United States in August, rattling buildings and nerves.
Since earthquakes are uncommon in Virginia, the 5.8 magnitude earthquake left many stunned.
The quake struck August 23rd, at 1:51 in the afternoon, catching everyone's attention.
Matt Broughton told News7: "We were upstairs in the building and suddenly the floor began to shake. I was walking around the office at that moment and kind of got off balance and realized it was an earthquake."
The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, a small town in Louisa County, located between Charlottesville and Richmond.
Video from a convenience store surveillance camera showed the moment of impact. The August earthquake was fairly "shallow" occurring just over 3.5 miles below the earth's surface.
This may have been why so many from Atlanta to Canada felt it.
"This is a moderate size earthquake. It's not what we would consider large; probably caused little damage; however, in the eastern United States the rocks that are under our feet - far underneath our feet - are fairly strong and they do allow these waves to propagate a fairly large distance, to travel a far distance and still be felt," said John Hole, a Virginia Tech Geosciences Professor.
Days after the earthquake, the damage became more obvious, especially to older structures. The National Cathedral experienced moderate damage,
knocking statues loose.
The Washington Monument saw the most damage, and remains closed to visitors until repair work is complete.
The 5.8 earthquake was just shy of the all-time strongest earthquake in Virginia -- a Magnitude 5.9 in Giles County back in 1897.