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Quake listed at 5.9 rattles east coast from NC to NY

By JESSICA HOPPER

(ABCNews.com) - An 5.9 magnitude earthquake jolted the East Coast, rattling people from Martha's Vineyard to Washington, D.C. to North Carolina and led to the evacuation of several federal buildings.

The earthquake sent people fleeing from office buildings, hospitals, the Pentagon and the State Department. The pillars of the capital in Washington, D.C. shook.

The epicenter of the quake was near Mineral, Va., 35 miles from Richmond, Va., and 85 miles from the nation's capital.

Reports of cell service outages have been reported.

A man eating lunch in Charlottesville, Va., described his house tipping and plates shaking as he ate lunch.

A person serving jury duty in North Carolina said saw dust fell off buildings in the area and the district courthouse was evacuated.

ABCNews.com will have additional coverage as the story unfolds here.

Join the conversation on WTVM's Facebook page. Did you feel the tremors? Do you know of someone who did? Please share with us.

Also, if you know of someone who has felt Tuesday's earthquake, please go the the US Geological Survey's "Did You Feel It" page and submit a report.

Experts say this is the largest  U.S. East Coast earthquake in many years and the largest on record from the Central Virginia Seismic Zone. Scientist would like the document its effects.


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