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Earthquake Rocks East Coast

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, sending ripples from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Boston to Cleveland, around 1:50 p.m. this afternoon. The whole Frisky office here in NYC started shaking. We initially thought it was Amelia’s breakfast burrito getting the better of her, but now we know the truth: several of us just lived through our first earthquake! We’re hoping all Frisky readers and their loved ones are OK. Feel free to share with us any earthquake-related stories in the comments.

UPDATE:The earthquake’s magnitude may have been as strong as 5.9, many media outlets are reporting. The epicenter appears to have been somewhere in Virginia with tremors felt all the way from South Carolina up to Massachusetts. The White House, Pentagon, Capitol and FBI were evacuated in D.C. along with numerous other businesses and buildings across the East Coast. President Obama supposedly felt the earthquake up in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, where he is vacationing with his family, while on a golf course.

Despite the fact this is one of the largest earthquakes to ever hit the East Coast, no injuries have been yet reported. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN that people on the East Coast should expect aftershocks for about two hours this afternoon until roughly 3:50 p.m.

[Earthquakes USGS.gov]
[Washington Post]
[CBS News]
[CNN]

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