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Earthquake Rocks Washington D.C., East Coast

At approximately 1:51 p.m. EST on Tuesday an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 rocked the state of Virginia and most of the East coast.

Initial estimates suggested it was a 5.8 on the Richter scale before it was upgraded to a 5.9 shortly after 2 p.m.

The quake's epicenter was about 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and 34 miles northwest of Richmond. The shaking led officials to evacuate the White House and the Pentagon buildings.

The event occurred less than 24 hours after a number of earthquakes hit Colorado, including a 5.3 that was the strongest the state had seen in 40 years.

The quake wasn't just felt in the United States, either. Christian Post partner in Canada, CTS TV, confirmed that parts of Toronto felt the temblor, although not CTS, which is located about 40 miles west of Toronto.

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