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Skyscrapers rock, Pentagon evacuated

ONE of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades has rattled offices in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.
Earthquake rattles Washington

A 5.8 magnitude on the US east coast has prompted the evacuation of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in the nation’s capital were all evacuated on Tuesday after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicentre only one kilometre underground.

The disruption to mobile phone services in the hour after the quake added to the sense of panic in a country preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Seismologists from the US Geological Survey said the epicentre was 47 kilometres from Charlottesville, Virginia, and 139 kilometres from Washington, where Reagan National Airport was also evacuated.

“This is one of the largest earthquakes on the east coast in quite a while, in many decades at least,” USGS spokeswoman Lucy Jones told CNN. “It’s not unprecedented. But it’s one of the largest we’ve had there.”

The quake was felt as far away as Martha’s Vineyard, around 800 kilometres away, off the coast of Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama was playing golf during his vacation.
In New York, thousands of people poured onto the streets as evacuation procedures put into place after September 11 attacks were activated.

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