It is a rare occurrence in Virginia, but the jolt that residents felt on the afternoon of August 23, 2011 was a wake up call that an earthquake can happen at any time. An earthquake that reached a magnitude of 5.9 hit Virginia around 1:50 PM on Tuesday. The earthquake was so large that it shook New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

How bad was it? Put it this way – the Pentagon was evacuated and a news conference was cancelled in New York due to the tremors.

Earthquakes aren’t common in our state, so many people find themselves unprepared when one strikes. In fact, when a minor earthquake hit the DC-area last year, some people didn’t even know what was happening. Unfortunately, being caught off guard could also mean the appropriate insurance coverage is lacking.

Check Your Insurance Coverage

This recent earthquake has acted as a reminder to review your insurance coverage. Earthquakes tend to leave massive damage in their wakes and you don’t want to be caught off guard.

While you’re reviewing your earthquake coverage, why not give your auto insurance a quick glance? We have talked with too many people over the years who lacked the appropriate car insurance, specifically when it came to uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage. A slight increase in your premium could mean an additional hundreds of thousands of dollars in coverage.

You can learn more about auto insurance in our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide to Buying Car Insurance in Virginia.
Ben Glass
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.
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