Earthquake rocks Washington area; Pentagon, Capitol evacuated

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 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.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

The Pentagon and The Capitol have reportedly been evacuated as a precaution, and all New York area airports have been shut down.

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