Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Virginia earthquake's tremors felt far and wide -- even all the way into Canada: What's going on?

An unusually strong earthquake sent shock waves far beyond its Virginia epicentre on Tuesday, rattling residents all over the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Canada.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.8. It was centred near Mineral, Va., about 135 kilometres southwest of Washington, D.C. After several revisions, the U.S.G.S. placed the quake's depth at six kilometres.

There were no reports of serious injuries or deaths but a fire department spokesman in Washington said there were reports of minor injuries.

Some damage was reported to buildings in the U.S. capital. A spokesman for Washington's National Cathedral says at least three of the four stone pinnacles on the central tower had fallen off and the central tower looked like it was leaning.

Several airports in New York, Philadelphia and the Washington area briefly suspended flights. more