Earthquake Reports in D.C., NYC

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Did you guys feel it, too? We're hearing reports that there was magnitude 5.8 earthquake initiating in Mineral, Virginia. It was felt in DC...and moments ago, we felt shaking at the Village Voice headquarters in Manhattan, as did people in Brooklyn and elsewhere in the city -- to as far away as Boston. The shaking seems to have subsided, but we hear they're evacuating the Pentagon, and the NY Senate confirms shaking in the capitol building. More as we have it...If you felt it, report back! Updates after the jump.

-The FDNY told us they're getting a lot of calls from concerned citizens, but they have no reports of injuries or damages at this time, and didn't know of any building evacuations.

-USGS has upgraded the quake's magnitude to 5.9. Here's the map of the epicenter.

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(As of 3:37, the magnitude has been downgraded back to 5.8)

-There are no subway, Metro-North, or LIRR disruptions reported so far in New York City, according to the MTA, via Mike Grynbaum.

-We're hearing that some buildings have been evacuated, for instance, our neighbors at 30 Cooper Square, and the offices of 24/7 Real Media at 132 West 31st Street (they're now back in the building), as well as buildings in Times Square and Soho. Also, the Brooklyn Public Library (they're now back, too). And the Ikea in Red Hook!

-Other reports of (temporarily) evacuated buildings include Soho between Grand and Broome and BET's office in Times Square, as well as at least one NYU lab. An eyewitness tells us that the streets of Soho were full of people, as were local parks. A photo from the scene:

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via @delia_p


-Cell service is, for what it's worth, shaky. According to @CraigatFEMA, "FEMA is monitoring reports from the #earthquake, cell service is busy in DC, try to stay off your cell phone if it is not an emergency."

-Via Daily Intel, here is what may be the calmest earthquake video you've ever seen.

-Sam Champion says this is the strongest earthquake in Virginia since 1897, via USGS. Also, the National Mall monuments and memorials have been closed and evacuated, and 2 nuclear reactors have been taken offline in Virginia. There's no damage reported.

-We hear flights are grounded at New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia airports. Maybe not for long, though...

-Indian Point reports no issues, says both plants are operating at full power.

-"The earthquake was felt on Martha's Vineyard, according to a White House pool report, but it's unknown if the president felt it." (via The Hill) Also: The White House was evacuated. Update: The White House and nearby evacuated buildings, as well as the FBI and Justice Department, have been reopened, says the Secret Service.

-Mayor Bloomberg will update New Yorkers about the quake at City Hall at 4 p.m. (He's confirmed by Twitter that there are no reports of major damage/injuries in New York City at this time.) There's a statement from him here.

-Bloomberg, for the record, "said he had felt the tremors but assumed they stemmed from extensive renovations underway inside City Hall." (via the New York Times)

-There's already an NYC earthquake Tumblr. That makes it funny, right?

-Oh, and FYI: The Atlantic Wire points out that California and Nevada have had 339 earthquakes in the past week.

-Hey, at least you weren't on the roof of the capitol building during the earthquake.

-People "should be prepared to feel aftershocks from Tuesday's earthquake, a U.S. Geological Survey official said," reports CNN.

-Er, the Washington Monument might be "tilting"?

-Survived the earthquake? There are SPECIALS!

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Previously: Relax, the Next Big New York City Earthquake Could Happen 'Any Minute'


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Kingsoto212
Kingsoto212

Felt it in the Bronx thought it was the beginning of 2012 early

quaked
quaked

what idiots stood underneath scaffolding?

Roscoep Coaltrain
Roscoep Coaltrain

I live in Richmond VA and my building was swaying back and forth for almost a minute. You could actually hear a low rumble the whole time. Thought it was a gas line explosion at first.

Ben Luck
Ben Luck

The 17,000 foot deep epicenter of the quake at Mineral, Virginia, is right in the midst of a hive of no less than 15 century-old gold mines which, at the current gold prices, may be worth opening again. Could it be that the quake shook open a rich new vein? 

juliaal
juliaal

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Maysblooms
Maysblooms

At 1680 Justin Dr., in Gambrills, Md., the tremors shook the house causing a couple of whatknots to fall from their shelves, which were on the second floor. I've never been around an earthquake and I don't like the feeling.

Dogearedpage
Dogearedpage

Thanks for not evacuating and making us look both scared and senseless as we take shelter under the scaffolding. -30 Cooper Square neighbor

Biancabkny
Biancabkny

Felt it a lot Willy B Brooklyn NY

Alessandra
Alessandra

Felt it in lower Manhattan...my whole bed shook as well as my bedroom door.

Xjulsx90
Xjulsx90

Felt my bed shake a bit here in rochester,ny

Rashi513
Rashi513

Felt the shaking here in Middletown,Ohio around 2 pm,felt like I was dizzy until I heard about the DC quake.One in Colorado last night also.Will be staying close to home today!

Charlotte
Charlotte

sitting in my car outside Zabars - 80th and Broadway - couldn't figure out who was shaking my car

mj Mcgraw
mj Mcgraw

felt it shaking my bed on the 5th floor in williamsburg brooklyn.. dogs barking

Slugwriter
Slugwriter

Didn't feel a thing in LA... And it felt pretty damn good.

Nay
Nay

Felt in the bronx, my bedroom and clothes were shaking, I started praying.

Brock B
Brock B

Whole building shaking here in Noho, for a good 30 seconds. WHOA

Controls2000
Controls2000

US post office ( Farley Building evacuated). Waiting to go back inside.

dc in nyc
dc in nyc

Queens, NY. Everything on shelves jiggled but didn't fall off, thank goodness. 

Mike
Mike

Felt in Bergen County, NJ for sure. Folks were all out on the streets. Of course, I was getting accupuncture... I had needles in my leg and butt when everything started shaking. I thought the doc was shaking his leg of something and then we were like, uh, do you feel that shaking? Perfect. Figures there would be a big earthquake and I would be laying there with needles in my butt.

nafees
nafees

 got the news break from a friend from NYC. but any body if theres any damage ?

Mancho
Mancho

felt it in brooooklyn. wow

Gary
Gary

Just felt it on the International Space Station.

Thomas
Thomas

Wow, was actually having sex and just started to orgasm when it happened.  For a second my girlfriend thought I was some sort of sex god making the whole room shake...

Joe
Joe

omg, the horror. prayers to all the victims.

Lance
Lance

Wooo God Felt it in Maurice Avenue, Queens. N.Y.

Total Wow Factor
Total Wow Factor

Felt it pretty intensely for about 10 seconds at a library on Columbia's campus in Manhattan.

Gowestym1
Gowestym1

In Providence, RI, I was sitting at a stop light and my car started swaying a little, side to side. I looked outside to see if the wind was blowing hard, but there was nothing happening.  I moved the car up a few feet and it still was shaking and then stopped.  I thought, was that a quake?  And then the commercial break ended on the radio and the announcer broke the news of the earthquake.   That was wild!

Dave M
Dave M

Scholastic evacuated, but we are all back inside now, reading Harry Potter. 

Juice
Juice

Felt it in Great Neck NY.... about 5 to 6 seconds.  Scary to think that people didnt know what to do... uhmmm... what happen to the emergency broadcast system.  I guess its on vacation like congress and Obama.

brooklynbecca
brooklynbecca

felt it near the empire state building.  and another rumble just now 

Shawn Shields
Shawn Shields

I felt it. But I just thought it was some kind of crazy construction.

Eugene
Eugene

Felt it in Luang Prabang, Laos!

Rev. Rob
Rev. Rob

For a 5.9 quake that caused no damage or injuries, it seems like it's an overraction to evacuate the White House, NYMEX, the Pentagon, et cetera. What do you think?

POLL: Are building evacuations due to the 5.9 US East Coast earthquake an overreaction?Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/20011...

anonymous
anonymous

Empire State Building swayed for about five seconds. 

Steve
Steve

MAPLEWOOD, NJ

Paulsboutique07
Paulsboutique07

Thought i was getting a vertigo attack on Ocean Parkway Brooklyn. My building was waving enough to move my computer. WOW

YoungSally
YoungSally

I think my dogs felt it....they went a little nuts, but I didn't notice it.

KFM
KFM

chrysler building - @ 1:55 slight tremor lasted about 10 seconds

vettac
vettac

felt it in Nutley NJ

Wood2662
Wood2662

felt it Harrison Twp. Michigan. I live on the 12th floor of an apartment bldg. My lamps where bouncing off the walls.

rdiac
rdiac

That's a great idea. I'm thinking make it open cut to get the ground back for the cell phone disruption

Jdoll
Jdoll

sorry/you're welcome!?

Sfemac
Sfemac

I was questioning my sanity for about 5 seconds. Eight floors up in the bronx and suddenly a surreal wobble. I literally felt like the building was going to tip over.

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