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Quake Rocks Washington Area, Felt On East Coast

PTI 24 Aug 2011, 12:19:19 IST

Washington, August 23:   A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as New York City.

The quake sent hundreds of people spilling into the street a block from the White House, with other buildings evacuated in North Carolina.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, NOrth Carolina and as far north as Rhode Island. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. AP