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Pentagon and Capitol evacuated following an earthquake in the U.S.

NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An earthquake measuring 5.9 struck Tuesday the East Coast of the United States, the State of Virginia to Boston and even Toronto, Canada, announced the Geological Institute United States (USGS).

Buildings shook and had to be evacuated, including the Capitol, which houses the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, in the federal capital.

There were no reports yet of casualties or major damage following the earthquake whose epicenter was located, according to the USGS in Mineral, locality of Virginia between Charlottesville and Richmond.


Its depth is estimated at half a mile underground.

Initially, the authorities spoke of a magnitude of 5.8 and 6.

In New York, several buildings such as courthouses and City Hall were evacuated.

It is not known yet if the subway system of New York was affected by the quake.

Control tower at JFK in New York and Newark Liberty Airport, New Jersey, were also evacuated.

In Washington, many office workers rushed into the streets after the tremor, which lasted about five seconds.

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