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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/18/2012

5 months later, aftershocks hit central Va.

Two aftershocks from last summer’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit central Virginia on Wednesday morning.

The tremors originated near Mineral, Va., with the first at 8 a.m. and the second an hour later. At magnitudes of 2.5 and 2.0, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Don Blakeman described the aftershocks as “very, very typical.”

Similar quakes shook the area last week, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Those and Wednesday’s aftershocks are related to the August earthquake, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

A Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman has confirmed the numbers as the 62nd and 63rd aftershocks since August with a magnitude of 1.8 or higher.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/18/2012

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