PARKERSBURG - An earthquake that struck Mineral, Va., has been felt in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in north central Virginia caused the evacuation of a number of downtown buildings, including several government buildings.
Thousands of people in the area reported feeling buildings and furniture shaking around 2 p.m.
People head back to the Federal Building in Parkersburg WV after being evacuated following an earthq
The epicenter of the quake was reported in Mineral about 35 miles from Richmond and less than 100 miles from Washington, D.C. The Pentagon and White House were both evacuated.
The quake was felt up and down the East Coast from Boston to Georgia. Tremors were also reported in Canada. Damage appears to minimal.
The West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey said it appeared an earthquake had occurred, but it was reviewing data. A spokesman said its phone was ringing off the hook with calls from Morgantown, Parkersburg and other parts of the state inquiring about a possible earthquake.
Employees head back into the Federal Building on Juliana Street after being evacuated following an earthquake.
People gather on the sidewalk in front of the Washington County Courthouse after being evacuated Tuesday
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