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.
whole house was shaking....here in Odenton, MD
Felt in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. Several of us felt our chairs shaking. It started out slow and then got progressively faster. Lasted about 20 seconds.
Felt it in
Live in Wilmington NC. Was in class in downtown Wilmington and we felt the shaking and were all looking at eachother like what was that? ..Then we started feeling the swaying again and it just made you dizzy. None of us realized until after that it was an earthquake.
Felt in Portland, Maine
I felt it in gallipolis ohio
Felt the earthquke at our home in Pleasant Garden,NC- southeast of Greensboro
Tim, San Francisco bay area.
Felt it here in Brooklyn, NY. I thought I was imagining things and then I looked out the window and realized that it was the building actually swaying back and forth. I live on the 8th floor, felt the swaying back and forth, and saw buildings across the street swaying back and forth.
MY FAMILY FELT THE WHOLE THING MY DAUGHTERS BOOK SHELF WENT FROM SIDE TO SIDE. GLASSES IN THE KITCHEN BROKE.
Felt as far away as West Lafayette, IN (West Central Indiana).
Mother Earth has had enough of the obama's and want them out of Martha's Vineyard and DC!
Felt in Lumberton North Carolina!!
Quake on the east coast? That's crazy...
Rare, but possible.
Ya, I'm totally worried. This is the oldest part of the world. Our tectonic plates are old, movement is worrisome. But it has gone from Quebec to Chicago. It's a bad sign to me. I want someone to look into the Yellowstone volcano!!!!!
I'm at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV. I was in my bio class and I thought the guy behind me was shaking my seat. I was getting irritated and I was trying to ignore it. But my class started to laugh and I could hear the building shaking. It was the first time that I have ever felt that. My mother and sister in Romney, WV felt it, my grandmother in Augusta, WV felt it, and my uncle in MD felt it. I am only praying that if it's signs of the end that I go with the Rapture. I hope everyone takes care.