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The ground is no longer shaking but there are definitely some rattled nerves here in Washington.
And up the East Coast a magnitude five point eight earthquake.
Struck at 1:51.
This afternoon eastern time.
It was centered near mineral Virginia about forty miles northwest of Richmond a spokesman for the fire department here in DC says there were some minor injuries.
But no reports of serious injuries or deaths the quake was felt as far north.
As Rhode Island in New York City you can see this video.
The US Geological Survey estimates as many as twelve million people may have felt this earthquake in fact we were shut out of our building here just across from the capital.
For about two hours and we're operating on a skeleton crew right now even -- the building is officially shut down remember many buildings on the East Coast are not built.
With -- earthquakes in mind so there is a lot of checking in double checking.
Going on even as we speak let's get more now from correspondent Shannon -- Just before 2 PM eastern time -- five point eight magnitude earthquake centered in mineral Virginia.
Radiated shockwaves up and down the coast rattling unsuspecting residents from South Carolina to Canada.
Two nuclear reactors near the epicenter were taken off line.
Flights in Washington Philadelphia and the New York City area were grounded.
The tremor shook the New York press conference where prosecutors were announcing that all charges in the sexual assault case against former -- chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been dismissed.
In Washington thousands working at the Pentagon felt their massive building jolted.
Quickly followed by orders to evacuate immediately.
Those same warnings rolled across Capitol Hill.
The ground -- significantly.
I was not initially clear what was happening sensible and they are relatively few earthquakes in Washington.
And frankly given the upcoming anniversary of 9/11 my first thought was that something.
Far more severe than -- tremor might have happened.
Capitol Hill buildings were evacuated and shut down as announcements from loudspeakers warned people to stay outside.
A structural engineers comb the massive complex of buildings looking for any potential damage.
Senators were forced into temporary quarters at the postal square building.
Just across the street from there at Washington's Union Station.
Confuse visitors and employees weren't sure what was happening as glass shattered and part of the plaster ceiling apparently cracked and fell to the ground.
Repent and allies that we thought that thing in the world because it was natural correction.
So that's I'm I'm an agent not Scott -- that the trend in the hole in the bomb.
Touring this year to enjoy cloudless sunny day in the nation's capital were caught off guard is well.
We thought maybe it's part of the program less so but then we noticed that the directors felt He was concern to -- And then my first thought wasn't an -- -- But I know that it's very unusual I've never -- about their earthquake only because.
And we're just getting in pictures of damage from the national cathedral the central tower there at the cathedral -- actually the highest point -- District of Columbia.
A mason there on site has been checking things out and says four of these -- that pinnacles actually jut out of the central tower three of the four of them have been damaged there are some cracks there.
But if you've ever had a chance to visit or know anything about the cathedral you know eight He has got stunning -- beautiful glass windows hundreds of them all over the could be Dylan tonight we're told.
They're actually all -- tax -- An interesting day here in DC up and down the East Coast.
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