Virginia capital building 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
NEW YORK – People spilled onto the streets of New York on Tuesday after a
rare 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook the Eastern seaboard of the United
States at 1:51 PM.
“They said it would never happen here,” said
Wynette Jones, an image consultant who was among hundreds others who
lined up outside their office buildings 45th street. “I didn’t feel it
but my colleague did and her mother did too.”
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The epicenter of the tremor was near Richmond, Virginia and could be felt across the Eastern part of the country
In Washington, the US Capitol and the Pentagon were evacuated and two nearby nuclear power plants were taken out of service.
Gonik, an Israeli working as a teacher’s assistant at New York
University, said she thought she has hallucinating when it began.
never thought for a second it was an earthquake, I just thought my
crappy building was collapsing,” she said. “Suddenly, I saw my teaspoon
shake, and the drawers open and my laptop shook. Then I saw people
evacuating the building and a colleague went on to the rooftop to see if
somebody was there.
“New York is trying to imitate L.A,” she said.
At the Israeli mission to the UN, several employees said they felt the quake shaking the Midtown building.
"I felt the tremors of the earthquake, but to be honest it was much less rocky than a typical debate on the floor of the Security Council,” said Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Morganbesser, a Jewish marketing professional working on 3rd Avenue,
said she noticed the elevator in her building was buoying up and down
but didn’t realize it was an earthquake.
“It occurred to me I
would get to the bottom and tell the people that the elevator was
faulty,” she said. “When I got down there was somebody reading a text on
her phone saying aloud ‘what, there was an earthquake?’”
“I’ve only seen them on TV,” she added.