Earthquake Felt Near Washington D.C.
USGS reports 5.8 magnitude quake in Virginia
- Duration 4:38
- Date Aug 23, 2011
USGS reports 5.8 magnitude quake in Virginia
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This is a Fox News alert we are just getting reports from our DC bureau than an earthquake.
Was felt in Washington DC -- an earthquake was felt -- Washington DC the reports are just coming in.
That the attorney general has just been escorted out.
Of the Department of Justice has motorcade is leaving they felt the that the department of justice and they have felt it in our DC bureau.
They have felt it in other locations in DC we're getting reports coming in about light fixtures rattling.
A shockwave has dropped -- rocked the capital moved from the senate to the house side north to south no one knows what it is the capitals being evacuated.
I want to get right to Trish I'm sorry to to Trace Gallagher.
Who is monitoring this from our breaking news gesturing Trace that the my -- is is lightening up with reports from our RDC colleagues.
And the first thing you're gonna give -- look at how shallow this earthquake was the depth that is very important as as far as the magnitude goes and they'll also look at the pinpoint accuracy where was the actual location of the earthquake.
The first web -- that that producers will go on as the US GS website that'll give us an idea of exactly how strong this was.
How shallow it was and what kind of waves it delivered was -- a sharp earthquake.
Like we get here often in Southern California or was it a long rolling earthquake sometimes the rolling ones can be more dangerous because they tend to last a little bit longer.
The sharp ones that would be.
Reminiscent of the San Francisco earthquake it was a very sharp earthquake.
Very quick jolt to did a great deal of damage immediately after hitting.
And you have the Northridge earthquake down here in Southern California which had more of those long answer waves that tend to be war rolling.
Didn't do as much damage but still over time it can be very very destructive so be important to find out exactly what the magnitude was.
And where this thing was located.
Trace I understand you -- from -- I just wanna tell our viewers here in the studio in New York City we felt that as well we.
I don't know -- -- was -- same extent they felt that down in Washington but we felt something here as well that there were some shaking.
-- here within the building a Fox News there are reports there now this is just striking crossing an earthquake of a five point eight magnitude.
Has struck at mineral Virginia.
At mineral -- Virginia shaking buildings along the East Coast of the United States.
Again reports of what is happening in Washington the Pentagon.
Is being evacuated the US capitol is being evacuated we've heard that the attorney general has been removed is is that leaving via motorcade from the Department of Justice.
One can assume that others within the Department of Justice also leaving.
That the tremor was felt from Times Square which is where essentially where we're located here all the way down to lower Manhattan and then beyond obviously since this thing hit.
We're told right now.
In Virginia five point eight magnitude.
And evacuations taking place across.
The DC bureau and beyond now we.
You know hopefully we get somebody up out of our DC -- which is being evacuated at this moment.
I'm not getting any reports of injuries I am hearing again this is just from one of our Fox News employees suburban Maryland.
People saying dishes are falling off the shelves it was so powerful there that's in again in.
In Maryland not Virginia where they say this happened.
But we're trying to get some first -- first hand accounts of folks who have felt that.
Again another report feeling it out in Annapolis Maryland.
This we're trying to get information on exactly how often this happens folks I can tell you just from personal experience.
I lived in DC 43 years and never heard of an earthquake happening down there at the time.
Is a different story today magnitude five point eight looking for details now.
And they're saying that this has been reviewed by a size knowledge is so they have this kind of thing instantaneously.
To find out you know how bad it was in where it hit it where the epicenter was what I'm hearing now is that the last time it happened.
Was back in July 2010 but that was a three point six magnitude.
Centered in Rockville Maryland which is also in the suburban DC.
Area and what the Washington area has has small in frequent earthquakes over the years including one -- was 2.5 magnitude.
That was -- another one it was 2.3 magnitude in 96 again these are small.
Five point eighths considerably debt bigger.
-- what we're hearing has now.
Has now happened again New York City also feeling this.
This -- getting reports from New York it's not just those those of us here in midtown Manhattan who felt that the downtown.
Feeling it as well and.