Aug 23, 2011

 
 
 
 
My family has been blowing me up about the earthquake here in Colorado and now I'm calling them about the earthquake on the east coast.  What is really going on?
 
(CNN) An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck near Washington, D.C., the U.S.Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia.

"It's one of the largest that we've had there," said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones.

Aftershocks were a concern, she said. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she added.

The quake was felt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City and on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing. Cell phone service has been disrupted in New York City part of which has been evacuated.

Traders in the New York Stock Exchange felt the shaking and shouted to each other, "Keep trading!" CNN's business correspondent Alison Kosik reported from the floor at 2:20 p.m. E.T.

"Everybody was told to take the stairs," Wolf Blitzer said, speaking live at 2 p.m. E.T. from CNN's D.C. bureau.

The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN's Barbara Starr reports. "When the building began shaking rather violently, hundreds of people began streaming out," she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack. Starr was standing in the Pentagon's press office when the roof started to shake.

Twitter traffic suggests the quake was felt all over the East Coast.

In Philadelphia, HunterPence3 tweeted, "Wow Earthquake just shook the entire locker room!"

In Cleveland, "tribeinsider" wrote "I'm no expert but i think we just had an earthquake here."

And even in Toronto, Canada, tweets said that the shaking could be felt for minutes.

1 comment:

  1. yeah it was pretty intense. I felt the tremors. Definitely an oddity on this side of the country. I'm just glad it wasn't catastrophic

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