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09/17/2011 03:28 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Virginia Earthquake: 2.6 Magnitude Aftershock Hits Near Mineral

WASHINGTON -- A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded in central Virginia on Saturday morning. The quake was centered about 7 miles from the town of Mineral and roughly 85 miles southwest of the nation's capital, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That's in the vicinity of the 5.8 magnitude temblor that was felt in the D.C region and throughout much of the East Coast of North America on Aug. 23.

There were no immediate reports of damage after Saturday's quake, which hit at 11:33 a.m.

Following August's quake, seismologists said that aftershocks could continue for months.

While most aftershocks that have been recorded have been less than 3.0 in magnitude, stronger aftershocks hit central Virginia on Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, which prompted Colonial Pipeline Co. to temporarily shutdown two segments of pipeline through the vicinity as a precaution to inspect for possible damage.