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Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 03/26/2012

3.1-magnitude earthquake rattles Mineral, parts of northern Virginia

Seven months after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Mineral, Va. and rattled much of the East Coast, a smaller quake shook the same area late Sunday night.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.1-magnitude quake hit just outside of Mineral, a town of fewer than 500 people about 80 miles southwest of Washington, at 11:21 p.m.

There were no reports of injury or damage, but people as far north as Fairfax and Loudoun counties reported feeling weak levels of shaking.

The strength of Sunday’s earthquake was comparable to several of the dozens of aftershocks that followed last August’s rare earthquake.

Tell us: Did you feel it? Let us know in the comments below if you felt Sunday’s earthquake.

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