An earthquake shook the ground in Caroline County late Thursday night, but most residents probably didn’t bat an eye.

The “small earthquake” created enough vibration to maybe rattle a chandelier, Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said Friday afternoon.

The magnitude 2.4 earthquake happened at 11:31 p.m. about two miles south of Bowling Green, according to the U.S.G.S.

There have been no reports of damage or injury.

Caruso said damage usually doesn’t happen until a quake reaches magnitude 5.5.

He said 23 people reported feeling the nighttime earthquake.

Earthquakes aren’t common in Caroline—the last one was a magnitude 2.0 that hit on May 1, 2012, according to the USGS.

Temblors are much more common in Louisa County, where 64 have been recorded since the August 2011 quake that rattled the region and was felt from Georgia to Canada.

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake’s epicenter was in Mineral, where most of the damage happened. Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School had to be rebuilt.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the county $19 million to help with school construction and another $13 million in disaster aid to homeowners in eight surrounding counties and the city of Fredericksburg.

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