East Coast Quake

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 9:58am

A 5.8 magnitude quake was felt up and down the East Coast.

It was an earthquake that shook Washington DC in every sense of the word. The capitol was evacuated by government workers, and nearly 10 years after 9-11 feared something even worse than this rare five-point-eight quake.

"I didn't know what to do, I've lived here all my life and I've never experienced a quake," said a Washington DC resident.

It was felt from the Carolinas to Boston and the Midwest, "I didn't know what to think. It scared me so bad the whole building was shaking," said another witness.

In this age of nonstop TV coverage, plenty of cameras were rolling. Many live broadcasts show television personalities reacting to the earth quake. Security camera video inside a convenience store taken near the epicenter showed merchandise falling off the shelves and a customer scrambling to get outside.

The epicenter was Mineral, Virginia, eighty miles south of Washington.

Back in the Capitol, The National Cathedral suffered damage to its iconic spires.

Inside the U.S. Capitol, there are minor signs of structural damage, but cracks near the top of the Washington monument have forced it to close, indefinitely.

While west coasters may scoff at a five-point-eight quake, experts call this one significant.

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