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5.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Virginia

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 1:50 PM by Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum
Updated: Aug 23, 2011 1:50 PM
Source: USGS

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Topics: Earthquake, 5.9, Virginia, Washington D.C., airport, trains

At 12:51 CDT a 5.9 Magnitude earthquake rattled parts of the Middle Atlantic and Northeast States according to the USGS. The White House, U.S. Capitol, and other National Landmarks in Washington D.C. have been evacuated. Reports say it was felt as far north as Pittsburgh, PA to Martha's Vineyard.

Trains and major airports around the Washington D.C. to Baltimore areas have temporarily been closed for inspections. Delays can be expected.

Federal officials say two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va., were automatically taken off line by safety systems around the time of the earthquake. No damage has been reported at this time.

Stay tuned to News 2 and WBRZ.com for additional updates.

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