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.
Layton (NDP opposition leader, Canada) died from cancer: (Aug 23 posts in G & M, some deleted)
Remember him for what?!?!?! He was just a hater (God & family). NDP allowed the automotive industry to collapse. You bet the next NDP will do the same.
Letter from God: He was an angry man. Remember his stupid persistence on global warming and other stupid things he did, that will bring all of you down. These are the facts. God teaches you to tell the truth and some Canadians still do not want to admit that. He has a sure place in hell. There are pple that deserve no respect. 365 days a year. He was ordered to carry a torch and made some of you angrier about God. That was his mission. Foooolish. Bluuuuunder! The grief will be for all, unfortunately. Jackie saw it coming and he didn't stop. The grief will be for all, unfortunately. Jackie & lib saw it coming and they didn't stop.
I was at beach when a big opening open up. Then, my girl felt another opening and we both got suck up. My girls's mom said, watch out for the opening but it opened too fast. My friend tried to pull me from the opening but my shirts rip open. We run back to the house and thank god the door was open.
The gospel writer Matthew tells us that while Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross a mysterious darkness covered the land for three hours (Matthew 27:45). A strange, weird darkness settled down over the world, obscuring the sun until it could be seen no more. A supernatural darkness came over the land from 12â€“noon until 3 p.m. It was a supernatural manifestation in the natural world. The LORD God caused a darkness to fall over the earth that lasted for three hours. The entire created order was affected by this cosmic event. It was as though all of creation was bowing in sympathy with its Creator. â€śAll the landâ€ť can refer to the land of Israel or to â€śall the earth.â€ť This supernatural darkness intensified the feeling of desolation and despair for everyone who had gathered at the scene of the crucifixion. Jesus was â€śmade to be sinâ€ť on the sinnerâ€™s behalf and experienced all of the horror of an eternal separation from God. Sin caused the Son of God to cry out, â€śMy God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?â€ť
To which God replied:
You have forsaken yourself. You are no more important than my other children. You forgot about humility and grace. I would never cast out a child of mine to be tortured. Sin cannot be washed away with a pagan sacrifice. It can only be undone through hard work and repentance. I also consider stoning children to be barbaric.
Oh My God are you serious...get a life loser. How does it feel to follower of the best know magician in the world
overkill on the earthquake in va no real damage was done no one hurt bad i lived in orange county ca for 20some yrs this would have been a note on the nightly news what about the one in co and i think it was in nm they dont get them very often ether you want to worry talk about the hurricane heading for the east coast and the ilands its going to go over o ya silly me not enough people involed not news worthy
We were evacuated in Riverdale, MD and the kmart in Prince Frederick had partial roof collapse. They are closed until further notice. Calvert Cliffs and Brownies Beach had damage. Culpeper, VA had structural damage and the target had partial roof collapse.
Lower all taxes while we still have a United States of America.
When this Old World starts getting you down. From Pollution the cost of OIL, Heating Fuel,The Fuel you put in your Vehicles, You Electric Bills from
cooling air conditioners and lights not to speak of the Evil. The TAX that all Governments Federal, State, County and City put on everything they can thing of.
They are supposed to serve us. Not put a burden on its people. That they are elected to serve all the people you, not their own Pocket Books.
The Wicked keep putting higher taxes on everything. Making it a Heavy Burden on many that are already struggling just to put food on the table.
Too many Americans have lost their home to the tax collector or to foreclosures from the unjust bankers greed. More are out of work and lost their homes then in the GREAT DEPRESSION, in the last ten years. All Americans and many Nations need good jobs and more of them. Not more TAXES.
All Taxes need to be lowered now while there is still time to save America.
There is a Industry that will employ workers and is growing by more then 50% every year. There is a clear way for all up on the roof the Sun Light is free fuel from GOD. Some wicked in Government have been backing Coal, Oil, Gas and the Nuclear industries for too many years.
These kickbacks to them were called Subsidizing Industry Technology. Most all Wise Men and smart Economist and Environmentalists call this padding their pockets and subsidizing back to the
The best deal would be to lower Taxes for all this is not the Roman Empire.
The Chinese Know Renewable Energy is a good thing. Most of the rest of the World is still a slave to Oil, Coal and Nuclear Power. All the Governments of the World now know it is wise to use Renewable Energy it is the Local Governments that are a little slow to learn what is best for all not just there pocket book.
They fear people going off the grid all that tax money they will no longer be able to take from you. Wind and Solar Farms are growing all over the Earth. This could have happened years ago if the greedy wicked were stopped by the Real Good.
The Freedom to get your own Power from the Wind and Sun, Solar Energy has been there for years. Are Libraries and Schools should have been the first to have gone Solar and Renewable Energy. And why are they not? Churches are all over the Planet. They are going to Solar Energy.
Thank GOD for the Pioneers like John Schaeffer that Started Real Goods The first and Best catalog for Renewable Energy and Scientist Bill Young at the FSEC Florida Solar Energy Center and Monica D. Key Lindbergh for many years wrote to our legislators promoting Solar and Renewable Energy and many others.
These Pioneers helped put Wind, Solar And Renewable Energy in the Spotlight for all the World to see.
The Great Scientist Albert Einstein Stared it with a Dream that the day would come that all the World would use Solar Energy. His discovery of the law of the Photoelectric Effect won him the Nobel Prize in Physics. We still do not teach this to our young.
GOD Bless all that help tell this to the World
All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. This coming year the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going with out food. Taxing the poor and taking there Land away from them is Wicked.
Lower taxes for all Americans will create more JOBS. Only the wicked look to tax everything.
Very soon the Rich will become the Poor.
If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes.
United We Stand
In God We Will Always Trust
True American Patriots
The Lordâ€™s Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott
* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
* Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 17:51:04 UTC
* Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51:04 PM at epicenter
Location 37.881Â°N, 77.952Â°W
Depth 0.1 km (~0.1 mile) (poorly constrained)
* 14 km (9 miles) SSW (195Â°) from Mineral, VA
* 17 km (10 miles) SSE (165Â°) from Louisa, VA
* 23 km (14 miles) NE (52Â°) from Columbia, VA
* 58 km (36 miles) NW (312Â°) from Richmond, VA
* 141 km (88 miles) SW (216Â°) from Washington, DC
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 2.3 km (1.4 miles); depth +/- 3.1 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 22, Nph= 23, Dmin=50 km, Rmss=0.44 sec, Gp= 79Â°,
M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
Dude you really need to get a life
....or a girlfriend, you have way to much time on your hands.lol
And if you do have a girlfriend/wife, well she's not doing a very good job. Get another one to occupy your time
you don't suppose all that fracking has anything to do with it ,
4 miles deep, same depth as the water slush goes Hmmmmm
Yes it was a minor quake by west coast standards and no it really didn't do much in the way of damage. But it is rare and would be the same as news outlets in California going crazy if it were hit by even a minor hurricane
Flet it here in Philadelphia, PA
Ok ok ok.. So.. My dad just wanted to let everyone know that he's mad at the angels and their HAARPS.. So could we stop all the HAARP playing? Thanks.
@ mac....Thats nice you live in California, and that a quake of his size may not be news worthy where you live but the thing to look at here is that we dont have quakes on a regular basis here so that should say something you nimrod
It saddens me that there are those on this blog (and every blog) who try to turn this into a political debate. This is about our country, and our world people! This country has become so divided that we can't even agree about something that is potentially dangerous, with a nuclear plant being shut down. As for those of you who are making it a religious statement, I happen to agree with you that this is a sign of the times. But preaching to anyone here is mostly falling on deaf ears. Compassion and love is what is needed. Can't we all just love each other again, like I used to believe we did when this country was great? I agree that IN GOD WE TRUST, but I also believe that UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Stop listening to the politicians, and pay attention to what is happening here. BTW, I did not feel the earthquake here in Texas, and I am sorry for all those who had damage. Also for those in Colorado. I CARE. God Bless America, our home, sweet home!
YOU PEOPLE ARE A BUNCH OF LOSERS LOOKING FOR ANY EXCUSE TO MAKE YOUR LIVES MORE EXCITING....GET OVER IT, IT WAS JUST A 5.3...WHICH IS BY THE WAY AN ALMOST EVERYDAY OCCURANCE IN CALIFORNIA. BUNCH OF BABIES!!!