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U.S. east coast experiences 5.9 earthquake (Updated)

August 23, 2011

U.S. Earthquake

U.S. Earthquake

UPDATE 4: All airports are functioning now.

UPDATE 3: FAA grounds flights in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York airports after east coast quake. JFK and Washington National airports are both confirmed closed. Newark Int’l Airport is also reportedly out of commission. If you’re looking to escape the New York area, LaGuardia is your best bet!

UPDATE 2: National Cathedral in Washington D.C. is damaged. No casualties reported.

UPDATE: The USGS has bumped up the Virginian earthquake to a 5.9

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Tuesday in northern Virginia, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which struck at 1:51 p.m., was felt in Washington, in Richmond, Virginia, and as far away as North Carolina and New York, witnesses reported. The quake is largest recorded in state since a 5.9 earthquake on May 5, 1897.

The quake was 3.7 miles deep and was located 83 miles southwest of Washington, the USGS said.



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