Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9-magnitude tremor shook the nation’s capital. The quake, centered northwest of Richmond, was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
5.9-magnitude quake jolts eastern U.S.
An earthquake centered near Richmond jolted much of the eastern part of the country shortly before 2 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake was centered 9 miles south of Mineral, Va., and was reportedly felt in New York City and Detroit. It had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, the geological survey said.
In Washington, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services reported no injuries but several building evacuations.
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