EPICENTER SOMEWHERE IN VIRGINIA. REPORTS OF MINOR DAMAGE IN PARTS OF VA
Update (3:10pm): No major damage has been reported after a 5.8 earthquake struck near Mineral, VA. People have reported feeling it from Atlanta all the way up to Martha's Vineyard, MA, where President Obama is vacationing. Some airports along the eastern seaboard closed briefly, but have reopened. A nuclear power plant near the epicenter is not reporting any problems.
Photo: Susy Ward, center, and other office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington moments after an earthquake shook the nation's capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C.,
and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.
Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Update (3:40pm): Happening Now producer Christina Robbins from our Washington Bureau is reporting the following:
We are working outside because the DC bureau was
Congressional staffers ran out of buildings...saying they
felt the roof was going to collapse.
No injuries witnessed thus far.
She also sent in this photo of the scene: