Magnitude 3.0 earthquake felt in D.C.

Posted at 10:52 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 10:52:39-05

Residents of Washington, D.C. might have felt the earth move under their feet on Sunday. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake occurred two miles south-southeast of Bolivar, W. Va. Sunday afternoon. 

That's about 45 miles northwest of D.C. 

Earthquakes that are large enough to be felt are rare in this part of the country, the USGS says. 

In August 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in Virginia, and the tremors were felt throughout the Baltimore-D.C. region. Several aftershocks also occurred after the main quake.