Earthquake Shakes DC


An earthquake in Washington?

Seems odd, but the nation’s capital felt one today just before 2 p.m. with early reports saying it registered 5.9 on the Richter Scale. We took a quick scan on Twitter to see what the federal government community had to say about the rare occurrence over a hectic 30-minute span.


Here’s a snippet of quake-related tweets:

  • 13:55 – danmcswain: Earthquake in DC. Whoa.
  • 13:55 – ghelleks: That was an earthquake, right?
  • 13:56 – BrandonF: Earthquake. Evacuating VA central office in DC now.
  • 13:57 – lewisshepherd – Yep, I felt it here in Reston Virginia. I’d say 3.5 or 4.0, depending on epicenter. #Quake #earthquake
  • 14:06 – Bowlieweekender: DC just shook, that’s a first for me in this town. Apparently a 5.8 earthquake
  • 14:10 – WxDan: If you can get to the USGS site, fill out a Did You Feel It report. #eastcoastquake
  • 14:12 – juanitachang: I was inside the Pentagon for the 5.8 earthquake just now. It really shook this building bad. Folks cleared out quickly. Back inside now.
  • 14:12 – Gwynnek: Earthquake. Holy (expletive)
  • 14:13 – Alex HortonVA: The scene outside VA is tense with questions like, “Can we go home now?”
  • 14:13 – CraigatFEMA: Just felt the earthquake at FEMA, HQ
  • 14:19 – ReadG: That was weird. #earthquake
  • 14:21 –  AdamS: Cant believe I’m missing #earthquake. Supposedly felt here on #BlockIsland, but I didn’t feel it on the bicycle… Hope all’s ok back home.
  • 14:21 – USGS: #Earthquakes can happen on East Coast of the U.S. as well…even Easterners need to be prepared:
  • 14:38 – USAgov: What to do after an earthquake, from @FEMA #earthquake

You can report your location during the earthquake using U.S. Geological Survey’s Did You Feel It? form. Follow related tweets on Twitter at the #dcearthquake hashtag and, in the event of a future earthquake, stay prepared with tips from USGS and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Watch the earthquake as it’s registered on KING 5 SeismoCam:

David Stegon

Written by David Stegon

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