5.8 Earthquake Rattles East Coast, Including SC

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This home suffered structural damage in Washington, D.C. following an earthquake on August 23, 2011. (Image: Tom Palmer)

Washington, DC (WLTX) -- An earthquake has been felt all across the East Coast, including in South Carolina and the Midlands.

The shaking took place at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday.

SLIDESHOW: Earthquake Damage in D.C.

The US Geological Survey says the 5.8 earthquake was recorded in Mineral, Virginia. Earlier, the quake's magnitude was reported at 5.9, but it was revised down.

No injuries have been reported in South Carolina.

Social media first began reporting the earthquake, as thousands of people began updating sites such as Twitter and Facebook to share their experiences.

Homeowners in Northeast Richland County and Downtown Columbia reported feeling the rumbling. A College of Charleston seismologist said that the earthquake's magnitue was likely at 2 or a 3 by the time the seismic waves got to South Carolina.

The Pentagon was evacuated after people felt the quake in the Washington, D.C. area. Video showed people walking into the streets of New York to talk to each other about what they felt. Control towers at JFK airport and in Newark were evacuated.

The US Geologicial Survey says is the largest earthquake in Virginia since 1897. The most powerful earthquake in South Carolina was a 7.6 which hit Charleston on August 31, 1886.


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