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Grant to Fund Study of Seismic Geography in VA

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On the three-year anniversary of at 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Louisa County, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy is receiving a grant to study seismic geography in Virginia. Researchers say the resource will help people understand where the faults in our state lie.

The project, costing more than $400,000, will develop an online database to be used by county planning districts and people interested in learning more about earthquakes. The study will cover all known fault lines across the state.

Geological mapping program manager Matt Heller says, besides creating a better planning and warning system, the study could produce other land-use information. He says studying faults can lead to finding groundwater stores because it tends to pool up along them, but ultimately, the hope is to increase public awareness of where fault lines lie, and what the potential for an earthquake is near them.

"Eventually, the map-based viewer will be online so the public can access that. Planning districts can use that with their hazard mitigation planning and things like that and we'll just have a lot more information, a lot of links to information about earthquakes and faults, here in Virginia,” said Heller.

Heller says the department expects to have that database up and running by 2016. He says they already have a good amount of information about earthquakes on the department's website.

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