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UPDATE | USGS: Reported W.Va. earthquake more likely 'underground explosion'

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Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 6:19 PM EST
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UPDATE 11/15/19 @ 9:40 p.m.

What was originally reported as an earthquake in southern West Virginia by the U.S. Geological Survey was more likely an underground explosion, according to seismologists there.

The 2.8 magnitude event was reported around 5:20 p.m. Friday, about 5.6 miles northwest of Oceana in Wyoming County.

Seismologists say the event happened in a mining area with quarries and "was very shallow and more characteristic of an explosion than an earthquake."

No injuries or damages were immediately reported.


ORIGINAL STORY 11/15/19

A 2.8 magnitude earthquake has been reported in southern West Virginia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was reported around 5:20 p.m. Friday, about 5.6 miles northwest of Oceana, which is in Wyoming County.

First responders in nearby Boone and Logan counties tell us there are no immediate reports of damages there.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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