Earthquake Hits The Eastern Coast Of The United States (Updated)
Washington DC, New York City and as far south as Chapel Hill, NC felt the ground shake today as the result of an earthquake. Details are coming in as we post this. We do know that they have evacuated parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol. Early estimates list the quake at a 5.9 magnitude and was centered in Virginia. President Obama felt the tremors as far away as Martha's Vineyard. Click here for the latest from MSNBC.
Here's more from the Associated Press and our our newsroom at 710 KEEL...
THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAYS A 5.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE CENTERED NORTHWEST OF RICHMOND, VA., SHOOK MUCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C. THE SHAKING WAS FELT AS FAR NORTH AS THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS., GOLF COURSE WHERE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS JUST STARTING A ROUND. THE GEOLOGICAL AGENCY SAYS THE EARTHQUAKE, WHICH STRUCK AT 1:51 P.M. EDST, WAS HALF A MILE DEEP AND WAS CENTERED NEAR LOUISA, VA. PARTS OF THE PENTAGON, WHITE HOUSE AND CAPITOL WERE EVACUATED. THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF INJURIES. THE EAST COAST GETS EARTHQUAKES, BUT USUALLY SMALLER ONES AND IS LESS PREPARED THAN CALIFORNIA OR ALASKA FOR SHAKING. AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, CEILING TILES FELL DURING A FEW SECONDS OF SHAKING. AUTHORITIES ANNOUNCED IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE AND ALL FLIGHTS into and out of reAgan AND BALTIMORE BWI AIRPORT WERE PUT ON HOLD.
THE EARTHQUAKE THAT SHOOK THE EAST COAST IS ALSO CAUSING CONNECTION PROBLEMS FOR CELL PHONE CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT THE US AND PARTS OF CANADA. VERIZON WIRELESS AND AT&T SAY THEIR ENTIRE NETWORKS WERE CONGESTED AS THE QUAKE SENT PEOPLE SCRAMBLING FOR THE PHONES. VERIZON WIRELESS SPOKESMAN TOM PICA SAID THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO THE COMPANY'S EQUIPMENT. HE SAID THE CRUSH OF PHONE CALLS MADE IT HARD FOR SOME CUSTOMERS TO GET THROUGH FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AFTER THE QUAKE BUT HE SAID THE CONGESTION APPEARS TO BE CLEARING. SPRINT SAID SOME CUSTOMERS MAY BE EXPERIENCING DELAYS.
A 5.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE CENTERED NORTHWEST OF RICHMOND, VA., SHOOK MUCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C., AND WAS FELT AS FAR NORTH AS RHODE ISLAND AND NEW YORK CITY.
THE QUAKE SENT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SPILLING INTO THE STREET A BLOCK FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WITH OTHER BUILDINGS EVACUATED IN NORTH CAROLINA AND TREMORS FELT AS FAR AWAY AS NEW YORK CITY.
THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAID THE EARTHQUAKE WAS 3.7 MILES DEEP. SHAKING WAS FELT AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND ALL OVER THE EAST COAST, AS FAR SOUTH AS CHAPEL HILL, N.C. PARTS OF THE PENTAGON, WHITE HOUSE AND CAPITOL WERE EVACUATED. THE QUAKE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN CENTERED IN MINERAL, VA., WHICH IS IN LOUISA COUNTY. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTS OF TRIMMORS FROM AS FAR AWAY AS GEORGIA.