Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Hits Virginia, Sends Shockwaves Throughout East Coast

DEVELOPING: A Magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Virginia Tuesday afternoon, sending tremors along the East Coast of the United States.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep and struck near Mineral, Va., a city 83 miles from Washington, D.C.

Most of downtown D.C. has been evacuated, including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and other buildings. Pictures in the Capitol building reportedly fell from the wall and workers panicked and ran to the exits, apparently fearing a 9/11-style attack. Marine helicopters were seen hovering above D.C.

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