Gallery: 5.8 Earthquake Shakes East Coast From Virginia to New York Cit...

If you’re anywhere in the 5 boroughs of New York, you probably just felt a considerable tremor that shook your shelves and left you a little perplexed. The earthquake you just felt was a magnitude 5.8, with an epicenter in Mineral, Virginia. The quake was felt from Virginia to Boston, even prompting the evacuation of the Pentagon and Capitol Building in Washington, and City Hall, right here in New York. This past March we reported on seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory stating that once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks the city. While the earthquake wasn’t centered in New York, the last one we saw was a 5.3 tremor that hit in 1884 – is this a sign of what’s to come?

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  1. Louielouie August 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, which as experienced several devastating earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks over the last year. Generally you don't want to run out of a building. Many people were killed in Christchurch due to falling brick and stone masonary. Huddle under your desk or something else solid and wait till the shakes stop, being aware that an aftershock could happen any minute. Your building may sway alot, but this is what it is supposed to do in an earthquake.
  2. lisandro August 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    I would definately stay clear of falling broken glass and debris. So if you run out of the building, don't look up.
  3. lazyreader August 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    Felt it in Maryland, relatively minor jiggling, some stuff fell off my drawer. Got out of house and played basketball.