Yes, that was an earthquake
Yes, that was an earthquake we all just felt.
It originated in Virginia, about 87 miles from Washington, D.C. and was a 5.9 magnitude quake. It has been felt all up and down the East Coast.
No idea yet what we felt. Waiting for official reports.
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For specifics about the earthquake, see http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/at00lqe6x3.php
News reports indicate the tremor was felt as far north as Toronto, and at least as far south as Charleston, S.C.
The Pentagon and Capital were evacuated, but have been deemed safe.
The Post is receiving numerous calls asking about the shaking, asking if they’re going crazy — be assured it was a real earthquake.
At the Post, reporters stopped what they were doing and stared at each other, watching pictures move on the walls and feeling the building moving under their feet. Workers in the pressroom wondered if the press was responsible for the strange movement at first.
Callers report similar results – furniture shaking, glassware clinking and their homes seeming to move.
Buildings were evacuated at Catawba College.
People calling friends in the Washington, D.C., area say they cannot get through on cellphones, but have heard that the networks are simply overwhelmed. Officials are asking people to limit cellphone activity in the affected areas.
Most of the national monuments in Washington have been evacuated and closed.
A caller from the hospital in Davidson called to ask about aftershocks, which have not been felt here, if any have occurred. The caller said her co-worker fell out of her chair.
A teacher at Hurley School reported the quake knocked everything off her classroom walls.
Salisbury native Jenny Abella, who works at the Washington Post, said the building was evacuated after the earthquake. Mostly cabinets and drawers shook, she posted on Facebook, and the building swayed a little.
Helen Little, another Salisbury native, is a DJ at a New York radio station and reported feeling the quake and watching speakers in the studio move around.
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