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Intraplate earthquakes, like the recent moment magnitude, Mw 5.8 Mineral, Virginia (USA), earthquake of 23 August 2011, are sobering reminders of how little we know about the lithosphere and active tectonics of plate interiors, including passive continental margins. Unlike plate boundaries, plate interiors typically lack clear geologic evidence of the tectonic stresses that lead to earthquakes, the deformation of rocks, and the building of topography. Inspired by the Mineral earthquake, preliminary geophysical and geomorphic work in the Central Virginia seismic zone, centered in Louisa County, resolves apparent surface deformation expressed in geomorphic markers and river channel patterns. This deformation...

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