Earthquake Hits Eastern United States

An earthquake with a preliminary magnititude of 5.9 struck in northern Virginia according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake had its epicenter in Mineral, Virginia.

Buildings swayed in New York City, Washington, D.C. and as far north as Buffalo, New York and as far west as Toronto, Canada. The original earthquake was immediately followed by after shocks.

Buildings along the East coast were evacuated ,especially in New York City and Washington DC. Also cell phone service was disrupted.

The quake struck around 2 p.m. EST.

Post your comments/observations and experiences during the earthquake at the bottom of this article.

Map courtesy of Google Maps

No reports of injury or damage has been reported.

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Update: according to the radio minor personal injuries and minor damage to buildings have now been reported.

I live on the shore of Lake Erie and although I didn’t feel this quake I have felt several during the past decade. The Eastern United States is not immune to earthquakes, but luckily has escaped major earthquakes – so far.


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