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Earthquake shakes Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio

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08/31/1861
An earthquake, strong enough to awaken residents, was felt in Cincinnati and other parts of Ohio at around five o'clock in the morning.  The tremor, in fact, was felt to some degree all over the east coast, from Washington, DC to Charleston, South Carolina.  Later observations put its epicenter in extreme south-western Virginia and there was some minor damage in western North Carolina. No serious destruction or injury was reported.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Severe Shock of Earthquake at Cincinnati," New York Times, September 1, 1861 

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