An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Tuesday afternoon near Washington, D.C., the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia. The quake was four miles deep, according to the USGS. Did you feel it? Send CNN an iReport.
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Update 3:36 p.m. ET: Terminal A at Washington Reagan National Airport has been evacuated because of an odor of gas, airport spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said. Initial sweeps of the building showed no major damage from the earthquake.
Light structural damage has been reported in Culpepper and Orange counties in Virginia, said Laura Southard of the state Emergency Operations Center. She said there have been no reports of injuries in Virginia.
Update 3:28 p.m. ET: The White House and adjacent buildings evacuated as a precaution following the earthquake have been given the all-clear, the U.S. Secret Service said. The FBI and Justice Department have also reopened evacuated buildings.
Update 3:25 p.m. ET: East Coast residents should be prepared to feel aftershocks from Tuesday's earthquake, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.
Update 3:22 p.m. ET: The North Anna nuclear power plant, located 20 miles from the epicenter, is shut down and in a safe condition, a company official and the Louisa County public information office report. There has been no release of nuclear material, Louisa County spokeswoman Amanda Reidelbach said.
Update 3:04 p.m. ET: All national monuments and parks in Washington are "stable but closed" following Tuesday's earthquake, a United States Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said. A couple of minor injuries and some minor structural damage have been reported in Washington, following Tuesday's earthquake, according to Schlosser.
Part of the central tower of the National Cathedral, the highest point in Washington, was damaged, according to spokesman Richard Weinberg. "It looks like three of the pinnacles have broken off the central tower," Weinberg told CNN.
Update 3:02 p.m. ET: Amtrak is reporting service disruptions between Washington and Baltimore because of the earthquake, the company reported on Twitter.
Aftershocks are a concern, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she said.
The quake was felt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City and on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing. It's unknown if the president felt the quake.
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.
Cell phone service has been disrupted in New York City, CNN learned within minutes of the quake.
Updated 2:47 p.m. ET: A "considerable amount" of water from a water pipe has flooded two corridors of the Pentagon, according to an announcement in the building. People who work in those areas are being asked to stay in their offices while workers try to repair the damage.
The National Cathedral in Washington is damaged, CNN has confirmed.
And Dominion Generation, which operates the North Anna nuclear power station in central Virginia a few miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, is trying to reach operational staff at the plant, according to a company spokesman. Landlines to the plant appear to be down.
Shortly after the quake struck, traders in the New York Stock Exchange also felt the quake and shouted to each other, "Keep trading!" CNN's business correspondent Alison Kosik reported from the floor at 2:20 p.m. E.T.
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.
Pete Krech, who works at a business in Fredericksburg, Virginia, likened the sensation to being on a jolting amusement ride. "I was receiving a supply truck," said Krech, store manager at Mattress Warehouse of Fredericksburg, south of Washington. "I felt a vibration under my feet."
Brendan Wein, a sales representative at Hoffman Nursery in Roxboro, North Carolina, said he thought there was a helicopter flying above his work building.Â "I was literally shaking in my chair," he said.
CNN iReporter Jeff Yapalater said he was in his backyard in New York's Long Island when the earthquake hit. "Suddenly I felt this light swaying of the Earth. I'd never felt that before, so I thought maybe I was experiencing vertigo for a moment, and it lasted maybe 30 seconds ... We're feeling this really far away!" he wrote.
Va Beach felt it
FELT IT IN TOLEDO, OHIO
Felt it in Blue Bell, PA
We felt it in Baltimore!
We felt it in Asheville, NC.
New Market, Md near Frederick MD felt it.......
Felt in Frederick MD/New Market, MD
Felt in Toronto, Ont, Canada
We felt it in Columbus Ohio. Ineresting. Hmmm....
Felt it in Glastonbury, CT
How are things in Virginia Beach, I have family there and I can't get a hold of them. Please advise... Thanks
Definitely felt it here in Virginia Beach- My heart is still pounding! Still at work and can't concentrate.
FELT IN JOHNSTOWN,PA
We felt it in Morehead City NC.
Colleagues felt it in Boston.
it felt more like a small tremor than a quake in Raleigh, NC
Felt like a big truck was going by right outside my house shaking everything, but when i looked there was nothing. Im in the heart of Cary
Warwick, RI...our building was shaking
Agree- in Raleigh, the floor shook and cabinets rattled for about 45 seconds, but didn't really feel like a "quake"... just a tremor. Cool though!!
Yep. Honestly I thought it was my upstairs neighbors at first.
We felt it in the hospital in Raleigh, NC
I was sitting outside when a train come past and I thought that it was the train at first. Georgetown, Delaware.
I felt it in Belmont NC the house swayed and the chinain the china cabinet did the dance. Amazing
Felt in New Bern, NC
Felt it in Sanford, NC for about 2 min. Thought it was Ft. Bragg 'testing' at first...but it lasted too long
Glad that someone else felt it. I thought I was losing my mind, when WRAL had nothing on their website about it.
I agree, but a strong tremor! I am glad it only lasted a few seconds; It had me running for the door...I'm in Wakefield –Baja Wake Forest.
in ChapelHill felt like washing machine was out of balance – a large one that sits on roof. -)
Same here in Archdale. Shook me a good few times but that was it.
The building here at NC State was shaking pretty good for "small tremor." Kinda freaked everyone out...
felt it in New Bern
Did not feel anything in Tampa, FL
yep it felt in queens ny im ok................scare at first
people in Michigan felt the quake
Where in Michigan was it felt?
.. brenda? L .... i felt it also ... at Linda's house ... the chair i was sitting in was shaking ... thought it was just the wind ... or something ...
Brenda where in MI?
Realy Brenda ?? I live in southwest MI. and I did`nt feel a thing !!
I didn't feel it, and I'm in Jackson. I found out about it via facebook.
yes, felt it in grand rapids, mi
Felt in Salisbury, MD
Felt it here at work in Warsaw, NY!
In Baltimore Co. Md it shook for a couple of minutes and knocked everything off shelves.
Downtown Detroit felt it.
Downtown Detroit felt it.
uncasville ct felt a tremor as well!
Felt it in Syracuse, New York!
felt it in Greenvale Ny we evacuated our bldg
I felt it here a in Jacksonville, NC
We felt it in Middletown, DE. It scared my mom and I terribly. We started running for the door. I've never experienced anything like it. My entire house was shaking, chandelier's, tiffany lamps, glass fistures were rattling as if they were going to break. I must admit, I was terrified.
We felt it in Kings Mt. NC!! WOW!
Felt in Pawtucket Rhode Island!!!
We felt it in Roxboro, NC, too!!!!!
Felt it in Charlotte, NC
Felt in Milton Fl.
felt it in delhi ontario for 3 minutes.
Felt In central WV!!!
People here in Pittsburgh, PA felt it.
Felt it in Washington D.C at FEMA HQ, the second one was shaking a lot , we all have to evacute the bulidiing.
I felt the earthquake in Hartford, CT
I didn't feel anything here in good ole' Maine
I felt it in Ithaca newyork wasnt bad felt the couch viberate
That might have been a fart.
Felt tremor in Horseheads, NY (central part of state near NY/PA border). Was sitting on couch and thought of one the dogs was rubbing against the couch at first. Didn't last long at all.
Felt it in Pittsburgh, Pa.
We felt it in stroudsburg Pa at work at sears. It shook displays and tools on the wall.
haha in elizabeth nj didnt feel a vibration only in cape may
i live in leola pa the whole house shook side to side and i did not know what that was .i turn on the tv to find out about a 5.9 earthquake had hit .
Sweet Couch! Where did you get it?
I'm right outside Ithaca in Danby and felt nothing...
We felt it here in Charlotte, NC.
Felt it in NC and SC
I felt it in Raeford, NC
ME TOO! In Huntersville NC!
Mooresville NC felt the tremor!!
I felt it too in Charlotte, NC
Duhhh, I felt it in Charlotte!
No kidding, genius!
We felt it in Providence, RI
Felt it in Wilmington, Delaware
Newburyport, MA felt tremor ~4 sec
Felt in Windham, CT too!
We felt it on the Eastern Shore of VA, about 70 miles north of VA Beach!
Richmond, VA. We were shakin' pretty good. Everyone came out of the office and was like "WHAT?". Wife called and said the whole house was shaking. Our 5 year old was freaked out she said. That is all.
Felt in Pickens, South Carolina.
Felt it in Honesdale, PA
yeah here in south meriden ct too!
We had a quake here in Pierre South Dakota last month. It was a 5.4 magnitude. We haven't had but 10 I think in history that are recorded. All these earth quakes all over the world are starting to throw up the warning signal to me. Look out San Andreas fault line.
Volcanic activity isn't ruled out, though this Virginia tremor was very likely tectonic-plate activity.
It isn't a warning signal. These events are common, they just get sensationalized because most of you are idiots.
The San Andreas fault system has nothing to do with this, and yes, that 5.4 in South Dakota is extremely rare, no wonder it's the strongest in recorded history.
No, San Andreas fault has nothing to with the South Dakota, Colorado & Virginia earthquakes, the New Madrid fault system does.
No, the San Andreas fault has nothing to do with this, the New Madrid faultline system does.
No, the San Andreas Fault has nothing to do with this, the Spotsylvania Fault does.
I am in Norwich CT, No shaking here, I know what if feels like..I lived In CALIF.....I have no Idea how uncasville felt it...
hello to john in uncasville
did all the slot machines light up? lol
Did all the slots at Mohegan light up? LOL
Hello Uncasviille from way up in Avon!
Hey did you feel it?
You bet, shook Hayfield Sec. really good. A lot of new teachers went outside- in a hurry.
we felt it in Gastonia, NC
We felt it in falls Church , Va. lasted about 10 seconds,
i felt it here in mt.bethel PA
we felt it in Ottawa, ontario Canada.
yes from Libya
Burlington vermont...felt it and in richmond vermont we felt it as well
Pittsburgh Pa. Felt a tremor.
felt it in Charleston,SC
Felt it in New Jersey
We felt it in Pittsburgh, PA
We were shaking on the second floor in my office in Mt. Laurel NJ. We all left the building it was scary and funny at the same time! Was crazy we could feel it pretty good! Cell service has been affected.
My sister felt it on the beach at the Jersey Shore.
Felt it In Suffolk Countey, Long Island
thought it was workers on the roof
This is likely another man made occurence. Check it out. Fracking should be illegal.
We felt it in the Nursing POD in Torrington, CT.
What part of NJ Frank?
It was felt inAtlantic City New Jersey
We felt it in Craigsville West Virginia
Felt in gastonia nc
Rapture.... Really, there always has been earth quakes in this world and always will be earth quakes
Don't you just love how people try to use natural happenings to cram religion down your throat?
I felt it in Monroe, NJ.
What's your point?
Right On Bob!!!!
N.S. However, when you are in one, it's "spectacular" and terrifying.
Bob, earthquakes arent supposed to happen on the east coast... thats why its weird!
So? When you experience a quake it's exciting and scary. People talk about exciting, scary things that happen to them. Who said it was the end of the world? If this is bugging you, why don't you just go out and mow the lawn?
Yes there will always be earthquakes... the big deal is that the east coast of the US is a low risk zone for this type of activity. highly unusual!
Rapture isnt in the Bible
Thank you...these people get carried away.
You tell um, Bob!
Finally, someone with a brain.
Fet as a small tremor in Chesapeake, Virginia. A little swaying.
Thank you Bob. I just finished telling someone that. Same goes for storms.
Why are LMAO?
why r u laughing you fool...next one could be a bigger one right under your house ðŸ˜›
People in central PA felt the quake.
No one cares about Central PA and what they feel.
im in the pittsburgh area, ground swayed for about 12 seconds. ive been living here 25 years and my parents have been here for most of their 55 years and this has never happened. interested to learn more about this, especially after reading a similar sized quake hit southern colorado this morning.
Felt it in Columbus, OH!
We even felt it here at work in Downtown Toronto.
we felt it in SC
Here in NYC, my hole desk was shaking. At first I just thought it was me and I was tired or dizzy. Then I composed myself and realized it was still shaking. Weird... I never felt an earthquake before.
I hope to gosh the New Madrid Fault doesn't give way any time soon. That could be unbelievably devastating.
Nada in Austin...
Felt it in kearny, nj...thought i was imagining it...guess not
Madison, WI felt it.
We felt a shake in the heart of West virginia.
It would help the USGS if people put their location, the duration, and any damage in their posts.
E.g., I felt it in Hillsborough, NC, about 20 secs, rattled dishes, no damage.
@donedrinkin: the answer is.... a desk for an @ hole. Come on, mon. You knew that!
A hole desk is just another name for a latrine.
HOW did you feel anything in Toronto?! I'm in the vicinity and didn't feel anything!!
I didn't feel anything here in Seattle : )
yo yo yo yooo.
same in parkersburg.wv.
Felt up here in Ottawa, ON Canada for about 35 seconds. Light rotational sway.
I also felt it in pittsburgh. Almost felt out of my chair. About 2 minutes before i was taking my dog out and he was acting weird.
Whole building shook in Greenville South Carolina.
Wow is it normal to have earthquakes in New England?
FELT IN LONG ISLAND, NY! CRAZY!
We even felt it down here in Charlotte, NC. The little hula girl on my desk was swaying away!
You have a Hula girl on your desk? Why don't I?!
I want a Hula Girl, and Guy for that matter! ðŸ™‚
it felt like my washing machine was running!
you need a new washing machine
We felt in Brooklyn, NY.
Felt in Raleigh, NC too.
Michigan felt it.
THIS IS IT !!! HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS CUZ THE RAPTURE HAS BEGUN !! PEOPLE ARE BEING REPORTED MISSING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY !!
the rapture did not accure peoples just sayin that cause they want to scare every one an if it did it aint on the news
We felt it in lancaster, PA...
Felt it in west chester pa
Dat be right. You tell 'em.
uz musta been obama skool edumakatied
Really? If you are going to comment please learn how to spell and use grammar.
Felt it here in WV while I was on computer; the whole desk shook. I'm approximately 75 miles from Charleston, WV
WOW! Your grammar and spelling are amazing! You really helped us understand the situation.
For 1 any1 that states the rapture has come read ur bible again cuz its states only god will know when it comes not even jesus so stop saying its here damn
You were not chosen.
No, it wasn't the "rapture", but it was an earthquake. I felt the ground moving under my feet in the Bronx, New York!!!
Hard to argue with that. Would you be willing to re-post in English?
please if you think like you write, thank God, he wasn't reading.
please if you think like you write, thank God, he wasn't reading. The Lord is laughing at you.
Pipe down, cowboy.
Felt the quake in Mentor , Oh. Window was moving and chair rocking. Thought it was of the quakes from Lake Erie,.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 'For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:' -> The trumpets didn't sound. But please don't think that the end of time is not near. Get ready Get ready Get ready! because it is close!
And how long have christians been saying that? Wake up, we're worm food when we die and nothing else.
Oh my God! Stop preaching already! There have been earthquakes every day in the entire life of the planet. Stop being such a religious fruitcake drama queen.
god is going to be so angry at you for twisting and misusing his words
Really Precious? Really? OMG! Let me run out and grab a cross. The Divine is in every religion....the Rapture will take place within you.
I'm assuming if the rapture were actually upon us, you wouldn't be here.
Oh I wish the rapture would come take you home so I can finally get some peace and quiet!
retard. shouldn't you get back to handling your snakes? but if you want to quote the bible, how about Exodus 21:7-11.
The RAPTURE definitely did not happen because I am still here.
I know that's right! Lol
Felt the whole house and car in garage shake for about 45 seconds in Reading/Mohnton, PA
i felt it here in clearfied pennsylvaina first time ever to feel one
There was a 5.3 in Colorado this morning
AMENNNNN TO THAT!!!!!
WHAT IF IT HAS HAPPENED 7 TIMES ALREADY!
You're still here, but they haven't found Khaddafi yet...
nope it sure was the rapture... because I still here too.
its not just going to happen. Its a bunch of things that will lead up to it.
felt in Huntington, West Virginia
I felt it in Kinston NC
We felt it here near Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We even felt it here in Waterloo, Ontario Canada! Crazyy!
HOW did you feel anything in Toronto, Canada? I live in the vicinity, geographically closer to the epicenter, and didn't feel a thing. Pretty sure a lot of people are exaggerating.
...yeah, I'm in Waterloo as well. It gave me flashbacks of the earthquake we felt here last July. It's a very odd feeling – like you're on a boat except the water is the earth.
The poconos felt it
Sorry. It was the burrito...
LOL....gotta appreciate a sense of humor in these times!
haaahaaa your funny....eat less taco bell ðŸ˜›
Dang,cheek blow out! Plug it next time will ya?
felt it down here in Raleigh, NC too!