ROANOKE, Va. UPDATE
Giles County administrators say they sent out a Code Red alert, notifying residents of the earthquake a short time ago.
Administrators also say that they have been getting maintenance personnel to check schools for gas leaks and structural damage.
Experts say this is the biggest earthquake in the area since the late 1960s and the first that's been really felt since 1990s
This is an ongoing story.
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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) an earthquake hit northwest of Pearisburg Wednesday early afternoon. The quake measured 3.2 in magnitude.
People in Rich Creek and Pearisburg have called WDBJ7's newsroom reporting that they felt shaking.
A WDBJ7 crew is covering this. Stay with WDBJ7 for the latest on this developing story.