Virginia Earthquake Rattles D.C., New York

East Coast Earhquake Aug. 23, 2011
People crowd Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Tuesday, as they evacuate buildings after an earthquake hit the in Washington area. (AP Images/Charles Dharapak)
New York is shaking—and it’s not just Wall Street. In what some may view as a sign of the end-times, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, rocking the Northeast U.S. No injuries have been reported.

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The earthquake hit Washington, D.C., forcing the Pentagon to evacuate, before rolling over Manhattan and causing skyscrapers to sway in the sky. Even the White House felt the shaking. CNN reports that traders on the New York Stock Exchange felt the shaking and nonetheless shouted “Keep trading!”

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was more than three miles deep. But the shaking reached southward to Chapel Hill, N.C. The center of the quake was near Louisa, Va., south of Washington and northwest of Richmond.

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