Strong 6.0 quake rattles Washington
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, Aug 24: A strong earthquake measuring about 6.0 was felt in the US capital and its surrounding areas today, forcing people to flee their offices as far away as New York.
While there was no immediate report of any casualties or damage to the buildings, there was panic among the people, with buildings shaking for several seconds, taking everyone by surprise.
The epicenter of the earthquake was reported to be in Northern Virginia.
Reports said the Pentagon was evacuated after the temblor.
Washington has not been used to earthquakes.
As people rushed out of the building and started calling their near and dear ones, most of the phone calls dropped and communication system was initial down.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake's center was 54 kilometers (34 miles) from Richmond, Virginia, and 87 miles (139 kilometers) from Washington.
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