The magnitude 5.8 Virginia earthquake is getting a lot of coverage. But how strong was it, really? The image above graphically compares the energies released in the magnitude 9.0 Japan earthquake and yesterday’s earthquake. That’s right, the little dot on the lower left represents the Virginia earthquake.
Updated: The magnitude has been increased from 8.2 to 8.7. I updated the post title. Source: IRIS Seismic Monitor.