Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Richmond County residents reported feeling cars and buildings shake.
“The blinds were banging against my windows and the dogs were going nuts,” said Jeanne Newton, of Hamlet. “The floor didn’t sway, but it was vibrating.”
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia Tuesday was felt in Washington, New York City, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, according to reports.
Angie Smith reported feeling the tremors at Richmond Memorial Hospital, and a report from Rollins Avenue, in Hamlet, claimed the shaking began at 1:52 p.m. and lasted for 15 seconds.
“My living room, floor and walls were all shaking,” said Jean Stutts, of Norman. “Even the lamps were moving around. By the time I walked into the other room to see if I could figure out what was going on, it had stopped.”
“My whole house was shaking, and my sister - who lives on Graham Bridge Road - said pictures fell off her walls,” said Sally Patterson, of Rockingham.
NBC reported that the quake was centered nine miles from Mineral, Va., which is 100 miles south of Washington, D.C.
The quake struck around 1:15 p.m. ET and lasted for about 30 to 45 seconds.
There were no reports of injuries or widespread damage.
Tuesday’s Virginia quake is following the largest earthquake in Colorado in more than a century, which struck Monday night with a magnitude of 5.3. There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time.
— Staff writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.