WASHINGTON – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck near Mineral, Va., on Tuesday at 1:51 p.m. Mineral is located in central Virginia, about 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
The temblor could be felt as far north as Toronto, as far south as Atlanta, and as far west as Detroit. It was the largest earthquake centered in Virginia since May 31, 1987. The earthquake caused the evacuation of the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Capitol building, and office buildings in Washington, D.C.
People were seen huddled in front of their office buildings in downtown D.C. after being evacuated for their safety. The stop light on 14th and F street NW, two blocks from the White House, was out of order, blinking red and causing a major traffic build-up as far as the eye could see.
The following are photos of downtown Washington, D.C. after the earthquake.