Tuesday, August 23, 2011

5.9 quake struck in Virginia ,Washington, DC and New York City

5.9 quake struck in Virginia and rolled its way across the Northeast, hitting Washington, DC and swaying buildings in New York City. Temblor’s epicenter was 86 miles outside of the nation’s capital and rumbled people in lower Manhattan.New Yorkers concerned about the approach of September 11 10th anniversary naturally worried that perhaps a bomb had gone off. Residents throughout the Valley, including in Youngstown, Liberty, Hubbard and Cortland reported feeling the rumbles. 

Trumbull County 911 Dispatch said they've received several calls from residents reporting the shaking but said there was no reported damage, however Oakhill Renaissance Center in Youngstown was evacuated. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries were reported in any of the areas affected.
People in Philadelphia to Pittsburgh experienced shaking buildings and slight tremors.

In Ohio, office buildings swayed in Columbus and Cincinnati and the press box at the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field shook. At least one building near the Statehouse was evacuated in downtown Columbus.
The quake was 3.7 miles deep and was located 83 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., the USGS said.
The quake, which struck at 1:51 p.m., was felt in Washington, in Richmond, Virginia, and as far away as

North Carolina and New York, witnesses reported. The Pentagon was also evacuated."It's one of the largest that we've had there," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN.Aftershocks were a concern, she said. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she added.She said that she would expect to see "significant damage" to old, brick buildings near the epicenter. "If you've already got some damage, you might want to stay outside," she said. She also raised concern that water and gas lines may have been damaged.

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake was centered in central Virginia, and the Associated Press is reporting the quake was felt in Washington, New York City and North Carolina.
Newark City hall spokeswoman Anne Torres said her chair and desk started shaking shortly before 2 p.m. and City Hall was ordered evacuated a short time later.