Of all places in the United States, the ones where citizens least expect to be hit by an earthquake include Washington and New York. So when they experienced Tuesday’s earthquake, it has rattled most people living here.
As a precautionary measure, thousands of people were evacuated from buildings, especially at Washington DC.
A New York Times article quoted that, “The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. It preliminarily measured 5.8 and lasted 20 to 30 seconds. Survey officials reported two small aftershocks, of magnitude 2.8 and 2.2, within 90 minutes of the original jolt. Seismologists, suggesting little cause for further alarm, said the initial quake erupted from an old fault, which, unlike the San Andreas fault in California, normally produces much weaker results.
This quake was notable for its incongruity: it was one of the most powerful to hit the East Coast in decades, and yet it caused little damage. Reports of tremors came from as far north as Sudbury, Ontario, where government offices were closed, and as far south as Alabama.
Thousands of people in Midtown Manhattan were evacuated from their offices and found themselves suddenly sprung on a sunny summer afternoon. Farther downtown, police officers ordered the evacuation of City Hall, sending Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his staff scurrying out of the building.”
The tremors were felt during the lunch hours. Floors began shaking, chairs rocking, cabinets exploded as the impact varied from region to region. Though there were no serious reports of injuries or accidents, being the first time they experienced the tremors, the earthquake had a deep psychological impact on the minds of citizens; in comparison to the loss to life and property.