WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. / Correspondent. ITAR-TASS Alexander Pakhomov /. A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred today in Virginia. Epicenter, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, was located at 134 km south-west of the U.S. capital. Hearth lies at a depth of about 1 km.
Tremors was felt not only in Washington but also in the states of New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and even Canada. In the capital, were urgently evacuated staff houses of Congress, the Pentagon and other federal agencies. Mobile connection works intermittently.
Were also evacuated residents of most buildings in the U.S. capital. This was reported today by the city fire department.
According to him, there are reports of the devastation.
At the same time, the county Dutchess / New York / notified of incoming messages to them about structural damage to some buildings.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred, was the most powerful in the region for more than 10 years.
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Strong earthquake in U.S. Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated. Closed airports, there are reports of the devastation
In the U.S., there was a great earthquake, Reuters reported, citing witnesses. Some of the strongest aftershocks occurred in the capital — Washington DC. The building of Congress on Capitol Hill and the Pentagon were evacuated staff. (Congressmen and Senators are currently on vacation.)
The earthquake was felt on the East Coast, from Boston to Ohio. Strongest tremors were felt in the cities of Richmond and Sharlottsvil in Virginia. Information on casualties and no injuries were reported, but the destruction — is.
Tremors were felt in New York. There to evacuate the towers of dispatchers JFK Airport and Newark. Airports themselves are not working. Tower and runways will be inspected before will resume flights. The administration expects recovery of air traffic "in the coming hours," RIA "Novosti".
However, as the correspondent NEWSru.com, in the heart of New York pushes hardly felt. However, the evacuation of office buildings (started at about 22:15 Moscow time). It did not cause a panic. However, in almost no mobile communication due to network congestion.
A similar message overload comes from the capital of the United States, there are also mobile work intermittently.
According to ITAR-TASS, the earthquake, whose tremors were felt in the U.S. capital, occurred in Virginia. As reported in a preliminary USGS, the magnitude was 5.8 (according to other sources, for example, aired CNN — 5,9).
According to RIA "Novosti", the epicenter of the quake, recorded at 17:51 on UTC (21:51 GMT), was located 15 kilometers from the town of Mineral, Virginia, and is 139 kilometers from the U.S. capital Washington. Tremors also were felt in Washington, New York and North Carolina. Aftershocks were recorded at a depth of 6 miles. The earthquake was also felt in Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Atlanta.
The last time the earthquake happened in Washington a year ago. While its magnitude was about 4 victims and destruction was not.
Note that in Virginia there is the famous bridge-tunnel across the Chesapeake Bay — a system of six bridges, two tunnels, four artificial artificial islands connecting mainland state with East Shore Delmarva Peninsula. Whether the design has suffered as a result of the earthquake, is still unknown.
The first reports of the devastation
Residents of most of the buildings in the U.S. capital evacuated, the ITAR-TASS referring to the fire department of the city. According to him, there are reports of the devastation.
At the same time, the county Dutchess (NY) notified them received reports of structural damage to some buildings.
The earthquake led to the delay and cancellation of flights at airports in Washington.
And two nuclear reactors at the plant in Virginia muted automatically. However, the currently available data, the loss of the nuclear power plant there. On this, the ITAR-TASS news agency, told the official representative of the Commission on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Roger Hannah.
According to him, it is a nuclear North Anna, located in the district of Louis. It is located near the epicenter of a magnitude 5.9 earthquake. Currently, nuclear power supplied by the electrical system of the energy generated by backup diesel generators.