Quake rattles Washington, felt in New York

© AFP/Getty Images/File Mark Wilson

AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 struck the US east coast on Tuesday, rattling buildings in downtown Washington and causing evacuations of buildings as far away as New York.

The Pentagon was evacuated after the region’s rare temblor, which according to the US Geological Survey had its epicenter near Richmond, Virginia.

The USGS said the quake’s center was 54 kilometers (34 miles) from Richmond, Virginia, and 87 miles (139 kilometers) from Washington.

The quake was felt over a wide area, and prompted the evacuation of a number of towers in New York.

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