A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on October 23, 2011. The hardest hit area was Ercis, an eastern city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border, which sits on one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones. The busy city of Van, about 55 miles south, also sustained substantial damage. Highways in the area caved in and Van’s airport faced serious damaged, forcing flights to be diverted.
This year, August 23, the Central Virginia Seismic Zone released an earthquake due to reverse faulting on a north-northeast striking plane. In 1875, the largest historical shock from this region occurred. Since the 18th century, the Central Virginia Seismic Zone has experienced small to moderate earthquakes.
The 2011 earthquake struck 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia.