Scared after earthquake?

Just had an earthquake today in virginia. It was 5.8. I still feel dizzy and shaky.I guess i'm just in shock.What can I do to get some sleep? I feel like if I go to sleep something bad will happen....Our house shook violently.The sound scared me the most.P.s: This is my first ever earthquake.So no mean comments please! I've never experienced anything like this

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  • 9 years ago
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    The Virginia earthquake of 2011 August 23 occurred as reverse faulting on a north or northeast-striking plane within a previously recognized seismic zone, the "Central Virginia Seismic Zone." The Central Virginia Seismic Zone has produced small and moderate earthquakes since at least the 18th century. The previous largest historical shock from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone occurred in 1875. The 1875 shock occurred before the invention of effective seismographs, but the felt area of the shock suggests that it had a magnitude of about 4.8. The 1875 earthquake shook bricks from chimneys, broke plaster and windows, and overturned furniture at several locations. A magnitude 4.5 earthquake on 2003, December 9, also produced minor damage.

    Previous seismicity in the Central Virginia Seismic Zone has not been causally associated with mapped geologic faults. Previous, smaller, instrumentally recorded earthquakes from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone have had shallow focal depths (average depth about 8 km). They have had diverse focal mechanisms and have occurred over an area with length and width of about 120 km, rather than being aligned in a pattern that might suggest that they occurred on a single causative fault. Individual earthquakes within the Central Virginia Seismic Zone occur as the result of slip on faults that are much smaller than the overall dimensions of the zone. The dimensions of the individual fault that produced the 2011 August 23 earthquake will not be known until longer-term studies are done, but other earthquakes of similar magnitude typically involve slippage along fault segments that are 5 - 15 km long.

    Earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S., although less frequent than in the western U.S., are typically felt over a much broader region. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. A magnitude 4.0 eastern U.S. earthquake typically can be felt at many places as far as 100 km (60 mi) from where it occurred, and it infrequently causes damage near its source. A magnitude 5.5 eastern U.S. earthquake usually can be felt as far as 500 km (300 mi) from where it occurred, and sometimes causes damage as far away as 40 km (25 mi).

  • 4 years ago

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  • 9 years ago

    I live in Fredericksburg, and I totally understand what you are going through. This was my first earthquake as well, and I still feel shaky! Every time I lay down in my bed (where I was when the earthquake and the aftershock, too) I feel like my body is still shaking!

    I tried to do some research and didn't find anything. I hope we both get over this soon!

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I hit something and it rattles I get the chills.

    But don't worry about it. If anything happens, it will just be aftershocks.

    Apparently, there has already be aftershocks, and I haven't even felt them.

    I'm sure you will be alright if you go to sleep. Just don't worry about it. If your house withstood the big earthquake from earlier, I'm sure it will be fine if something smaller hits.

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  • 9 years ago

    I've always felt that the best way to combat fear is through education. Go to the usgs website at: and learn about earthquakes. You'll be comforted to know that,aside from minor aftershocks, it is very unlikely to happen again.

    Source(s): USGS
  • 9 years ago

    Just try and get to sleep, but if you can't maybe see a doctor, just in case

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