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Earthquake Strikes East Coast; Minimal Damage Reported

August 23, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

No serious injuries or damage has been confirmed following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake outside of Richmond, VA this afternoon. Reportedly, the spire of the National Cathedral (pictured) in Washington, D.C. was cracked by the quake. Airports were temporarily shut down and trains along the coast from New York to Washington, D.C. are moving at slower speeds, and the Washington Post is reporting that "Amtrak service is 'temporarily suspended in the area around the radius of the epicenter,'" but there seems to be no further disruption to travel.

As of 2:45 p.m., all New York City airports - Newark, JFK, LaGuardia - have re-opened, according to the Port Authority.

CNN is reporting that all national monuments and parks in Washington are "stable but closed," and that "a couple of minor injuries and some minor structural damage" have been reported in Washington.


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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | August 23, 2011
Airports temporarily paused departures and arrivals and trains along the east coast are moving at slower speeds following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.
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