BREAKING: Earthquake Hits Virginia, Felt In NYC

It appears we all just experienced the aftershocks of an earthquake that hit Virginia at 1:51 p.m. Bensonhurst Bean will update the story as soon as we learn more.

The following was just posted by MarketWatch, a financial news service:

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook Washington, D.C. and Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake, which was centered 83 miles southwest of the nation’s capital and 41 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., occurred at 1:51 p.m. Eastern. Parts of the White House, U.S. Capitol building and the Pentagon were reportedly evacuated. Originating at a depth of less than a mile, the tremor was widely felt in the D.C. metro area and as far away as New York City.

UPDATE 2:30 pm: Here’s a few more details, from Daily News:

The quake only lasted a few seconds.

It was felt as far as Toronto, Canada.

In addition to evacuations of government buildings in Washington D.C., New York City’s police headquarters (1 Police Plaza) and City Hall were also cleared of people (thanks for the heads up, guys).

UPDATE 2:45 pm: According to an email from the MTA, all subway service in New York City has been suspended.

Subway service is apparently fine. The e-mail from the MTA was actually telling us that service was NOT affected. Sorry for any inconvenience the last update may have caused. And please remember to e-mail us with any cool videos or photos from the earthquake.

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