Central Virginians, already on edge from Tuesday's earthquake were shaken from their beds this morning by a magnitude 4.5 aftershock. The ground rumbled at 1:07 this morning with the latest and strongest aftershock since the initial quake.
The epicenter was near the original quake and 3.1 miles under the surface 5 miles south of Mineral. The depth of the aftershocks is quite shallow by earthquake standards which make them easier to feel.
Soon after the quake, NBC29's phones, Facebook and Twitter feeds lit up with eyewitness accounts from all over central Virginia and the valley. We've taken calls from people in Scottsville, Staunton, Ruckersville, Waynesboro, and Lynchburg. There are also reports the aftershock was felt as far away as D.C. and Maryland.
We've talked with the Sheriff's Office in Louisa and they have no reports of any damage.
Experts say aftershocks can happen for several months after an earthquake, but they should lessen in strength and frequency over time.