5.9 magnitude quake in Virginia rocks Mohawk Valley

By WKTV News

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Canada. That wide range included many parts of the Mohawk Valley.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

The United States Weather Service says no tsunami is expected after the east coast-centered quake and AMTRAK has stopped their trains in order to inspect rails and other infrastructure.

Buildings in New York City shook briefly Tuesday afternoon as an earthquake originating in Virginia rattled the ground.

Government buildings in the city, including City Hall, were evacuated. The 26-story federal courthouse in lower Manhattan began swaying and hundreds of people were seen leaving the building. Court officers weren't letting people back in.

In the Mohawk Valley, residents from Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, and Chenango Counties all reported feeling the ground shaking under their feet, and items on walls and bookshelves falling off in their homes.

"Felt it in Herkimer, but my family 10 miles away didn't feel a thing!" said Patty Ferr.

"My sons kitchen chair he is sitting in wobbled from it!" said Emily Jones Roberts of Whitesboro. "Thought it was the washing machine!"

"I felt it in the hills of North Westernville," said Marisa Mierek. "My whole house shook."

"Route 13, Verona Beach felt it!" said Katie Marie Daniela Hill. "Lasted for a good 45 seconds and nearly broke my glass shower doors!"

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