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The 5.8-magnitude earthquake in 2011 left its mark across the D.C. region.
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The 5.8-magnitude earthquake in 2011 left its mark across the D.C. region.

Researchers are preparing to conduct a two-month study of earthquakes in central Virginia.

More than 450 aftershocks have been recorded since that magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered near Mineral, Virginia hit the region back in August 2011. Now, 20 seismic stations are being installed for the study by researchers from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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

Chapman says the seismic stations will be located in Louisa, Powhatan, Cumberland, Buckingham, and Albemarle counties. The installations are expected to be completed later today.

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