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article imageEarthquakes hit Virginia, New York, Colorado

By Leo Reyes     Aug 23, 2011 in Environment
Earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 5.3 to 5.9 have shaken at least three US states, sending thousands of residents scampering for safety.
The latest and strongest so far was recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to have occurred near Louisa, Va, about 40 miles from Richmond.
Last Tuesday, a 5.3 magnitude quake also rocked the State of Colorado, the strongest registered in the state in four decades.
The east coast earthquake which occurred 340 miles south of New York was felt strongly as far as the eastern seaboard up to Toronto.
In New York, thousands of office workers in high rise buildings have been shaken by the major temblor, a rare experience for most residents who are not used to such high-magnitude earthquake. New York and most places in the east coast are less prone to major earthquakes.
"For many people this was a stressful afternoon, but so far we've been lucky to avoid any major harm,"New York City Mayor Bloomberg said.
Many New York residents have shared their experiences during the scary seconds of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake.
"Wow, that was scary," said Nathan Buck, 41, a filmmaker who was editing a video on the 7th floor of a pre-war building in Harlem. "I saw my globe start to wobble. At first I thought - is it me? Then a pile of CDs came crashing down."
Mario Brocco, 41, was waiting for his cousin's case to be called in Bronx Supreme Court when the floor began to lurch beneath him.
"I thought the building got bombed and it was 9/11 in the Bronx," he said. "I grabbed my son and held him as tight as I could. I have never been so freaked out in my life. I thought the building was coming down."
The east coast earthquake which rocked Washington area has triggered evacuation of some government offices including the New York City Hall and the Pentagon in Washington.
"There are no initial reports of major infrastructure damage, including at airports and nuclear facilities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest after President Obama conferred with his emergency management team.
Meanwhile in Colorado, residents remain shaken and shocked after the 5.3 temblor hit the area southwest of Trinidad, sending thousands scampering for safety along the New Mexico border Monday.
The USGS said the quake hit at 11:46 p.m. about nine miles southwest of Trinidad with a depth of 2.5 miles and was felt in large area of southern Colorado and New Mexico.
The earthquake was reported to be biggest to strike Colorado in more than 40 years.
No casualties were reported in the two major earthquakes but there were reports of damages to properties and infrastructures.
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