With our LiDAR data, USGS geologists were able to map earthquake faults not visible when walking on the terrain in central Virginia, including areas surrounding the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant.

Louisa County High-Resolution LiDAR

Louisa, VA

Locating Seismic Faults

In August 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast, causing significant damage to the region. To identify subtle expressions of the quake, we captured LiDAR data with more than 14 points/m2 of a 270-square-mile area around the epicenter in Louisa County. Along with Laser Mapping Specialists Inc., the LiDAR data we gathered enabled USGS geologists to determine what point density was needed to detect seismic faults.
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  • Surveying
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  • Resilience
  • Planning/Programming
  • Geospatial

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  • Mid-Atlantic
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  • Louisa County Earthquake
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Location

Louisa, VA

Completion Date

2012

Owner/Client

U.S. Geological Survey

Square mileage

270 square miles
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