Did you feel it? Area residents felt 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia

By on August 24, 2011

By: JESSICA ROSE SPANGLER Record Express Staff, Staff Writer

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, people from North Carolina to New York felt the effects of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit northwest of Richmond, Va.

Early reports say that the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were among the areas evacuated. All memorials and monuments on the National Mall were evacuated and closed as well.

Weather.com reported "the U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt… all over the East Coast… There were no immediate reports of injuries. It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington. In New York, the 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building."

"A ‘considerable amount’ of water from a water pipe has flooded two corridors of the Pentagon, according to an announcement in the building. The National Cathedral in Washington is damaged. And Dominion Generation, which operates the North Anna nuclear power station in central Virginia a few miles from the epicenter of the earthquake, is trying to reach operational staff at the plant, according to a company spokesman. Landlines to the plant appear to be down," reported CNN.com.

In the Lititz area, not much more then a small tremor was felt by many. Luba Irwin, receptionist for Warwick Township, said that they received a few calls from residents that were simply curious what was going on. Lititz Borough reported that they received one phone call as well.

Rick Harrison, operations manager for Lancaster County 9-1-1 said "we had approximately 200 phone calls through 9-1-1 and regular seven-digit phone numbers directly related to the tremor — mainly just concerned citizens wondering what was going on. We did send crews to a house on Miller Drive in West Hempfield Township to investigate some bricks that fell from the home’s facade. There’s a lot going on, but nothing else is directly related to the tremor."

So other than lots of phone and Internet chatter, there were no big problems or damage in the Lititz area as a result of the Virginia earthquake. More EARTHQUAKE, page A4

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