Virginia quake caused the evacuation of many buildings and triggered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors. Cellphone call volume spiked as people rushed to call loved ones after the Virginia quake.
The Virginia quake that shook buildings and scared citizens on the US East Coast early Tuesday afternoon was felt from Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama was playing golf at a private country club, to as far south as Charleston, S.C.
While the Pentagon, the White House, the Capitol, and scores of other buildings were evacuated when the magnitude 5.8 temblor struck at 1:51 p.m., there were only scattered reports of minor damage and injuries. No deaths were reported.
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But life along the East Coast was disrupted after the Virginia quake. Hundreds of people poured into Lafayette Square outside the White House and into other open spaces in New York, Washington, and other cities. When the scare ended, traffic in Washington was badly snarled as workers left for home early.