Earthquake Strikes VA; Tremors Felt on East Coast

An earthquake struck Mineral, Virginia, on Tuesday afternoon local time, according to numerous reports from news agencies and around the Internet. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. Tremors were reportedly felt up the East Coast in Rhode Island and New York, even as far away as Toronto, Canada.

Web reports indicated that the Pentagon and White House were evacuated. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep, and rated a magnitude 5.9. Flights along the East Coast were grounded. Cell phone service was also widely disrupted, and two nuclear reactors were taken off line.

While this did constitute a major earthquake for this region, it did not seem to cause substantial damage on part with the recent earthquakes in Japan and Haiti.


The state of Colorado also experienced the largest earthquake in more than 40 years when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled southern Colorado early Tuesday morning.

The quake’s epicenter was seven miles southwest of Cokedale, and 180 miles south of Denver. There were no immediate reports of casualties, according to

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