The U.S. Geological Survey, headquartered in nearby Reston, Va., said the epicenter of the quake was 34 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., and 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. It was the strongest quake in Virginia in more than a century.
The quake struck at 1:51 p.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported the quake was felt in Washington, New York and North Carolina. The newspaper said buildings swayed, and damage reports had begun to trickle in.” (via UPI).
My co-workers and I felt this in the hospital where I work. I saw a large plate glass window in the interview room I was in shimmying and the walls squeaked. It seemed to go on for about 30 seconds. I noted on my watch that the time was 1:53. (Does the two-minute lag reflect the time it took for the vibrations to travel the distance from VA to MA?) I recognized immediately what was happening, as I have been in earthquakes before, when I lived briefly in Tokyo. There have been reports that it was felt as far from the epicenter as Toronto.
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