Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An earthquake of 5.9 degrees forced to evacuate the Pentagon and the Capitol in Washington

Barcelona. .- An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred today in the Washington area, was felt in New York and Toronto and forced the evacuation of the Pentagon and the White House. The earthquake, of which the United States Geological Survey  had initially estimated a magnitude of 5.8, was detected at 13.51 local time  with epicenter at a depth of 6 kilometers.

USGS seismographs detected the tremor at the geographic coordinates 77,908 37,875 North and West. The epicenter was 15 kilometers south of the city of Mineral (Virginia) and 54 miles northwest of the state capital, Richmond. The earthquake was also felt in North Carolina and Washington DC, the capital, where employees of official buildings like the Capitol and the White House have been evacuated, according to Secret Service sources confirmed.

Pentagon officials, whose facilities are located just outside Washington, and in the state of Virginia, were also evacuated. As confirmed by the White House, the earthquake was also felt in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (USA), where you are on vacation president, Barack Obama. Flights at the international airports of John F. Kennedy and Newark, serving the city of New York, were resumed after a temporary evacuation of its control towers following the earthquake. "Everything works again. There was a temporary but everything is back to normal," a spokesman confirmed to Efe Port Authority of New Jersey and New York, who had previously informed of the evacuation by the Federal Aviation Administration United States' control towers from both airports.

The earthquake was the largest recorded since 1897 in this area, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The agency indicates that although earthquakes in central and east are less frequent than in the west coast, often feel stronger and a much broader region. Since 1774, residents of central Virginia have felt small earthquakes and suffered little damage from consideration in larger ones.

Since 1897 there had been an earthquake in the area of this magnitude, which spread in an elliptical area covering Virginia, West Virginia, and part of Tennessee. However, according to its records, the earthquake has caused most damage so far in this area was in 1875 and had a magnitude of 4.8 degrees on the Richter scale.

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