What everybody in Britain and America are talking about!
5.9 earthquake hits Virginia with aftershocks in Washington DC and New York.
- Huge earthquake felt across the East Coast, from Boston to South Carolina
- Damage reported in Virginia, while building evacuated for fear of collapse in New York and Washington
- The White House and the Pentagon among buildings evacuated
- Fears of Fukushima-like nuclear disaster because old nuclear plant a few miles from epicentre
A huge earthquake ripped through the East Coast of America this afternoon, ca.using terrifying tremors from Washington D.C. to New York.
Buildings in the major cities throughout the north east – including the Pentagon and the White House – had to be evacuated with the 5.9 magnitude earthquake, which originated in Virginia, shaking areas from as far north as Boston all the way to Anderson in South Carolina.
In Virginia there were reports of damage caused by the quake, while the streets of downtown Washington and New York were filled with thousands of people hauled out of buildings for fear they could collapse.
There were also fears of a nuclear disaster of the kind seen in Japan’s Fukushima because the epicentre was just a few miles from an old nuclear power plant, the North Anna, in Richmond.
At the Pentagon, it has been reported that staff ran from the building fearing they were under attack.
The 5.9-magnitude tremor struck at about 2pm local time with shallow tremors of about 3.7 miles deep, which is thought to explain why the shaking was so widespread.
It is though to have been the strongest quake to hit the Virginia area since 1897.
The previous record for an earthquake in the Washington, D.C. area was on July 16, 2010, when a 3.6 magnitude struck.
Taken from The Daily Mail Newspaper