By RTH Staff
Published August 23, 2011
The United States Geological Service (USGS) reports a 5.5 magnitude earthquake at 1:51 PM today, 6 km deep and centred at 37.936° N, 77.933° W, 8 km south of Mineral VA and 61 km northeast of Richmond. The quake was felt in Hamilton at 1:54 PM.
This follows a 2.2 magnitude shock yesterday at 4:00 AM centered just 3 km south-southwest of Girard OH.
Anecdotal reports from Hamilton ON, Waterloo ON, upstate New York, Washington DC, Harrisburg PA and Raleigh NC suggest the earthquake was felt widely.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon and Capitol Building in Washington were evacuated. Fox News reported that John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City was shut down.