Submitted by ub on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:15

Did you feel the earthquake? Although the east coast usually does not get quakes in the area, the USGS reports a 5.9 earthquake striking, with the epicenter near Richmond, Virginia., according to a U.S. Geological Survey spokesperson.

The earthquake sent tremors from the nation’s capital to New York City Tuesday afternoon, the result of what officials said was an earthquake based in Virginia.

City Hall was temporarily evacuated in Manhattan after Mayor Bloomberg says he felt the vibrations while working there. On City Island at Pilot Cove Manor, Executive Director-Virginia Gallegher and Manager Elena Nuesslein were having lunch at 1:51PM this afternoon when the quake hit. At that time, Elena told Virginia " you need to fix these chairs before someone gets hurt"

There were no major structural damages or injuries reported. It is not clear how far the earthquake spread, but tremors were felt throughout New York City office buildings and as far north as Concord, N.H.

The earthquake’s epicenter was nine miles south of Mineral, Va., and 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.. At 2.8 magnitude aftershock was reported at 2:46 p.m.

In our nation's capital, The White House shook pretty hard and employees were also evacuated onto the driveway between the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

Employees fled the U.S. Capitol, and House and Senate office buildings were evacuated, as tremors shook the buildings for several seconds.