2011-08-17 / Front Page

Virginia Earthquake Felt in Putnam

Annie Chesnut

A little before 2pm today, a 5.9 earthquake that hit northern Virginia and forced the evacuation of numerous buildings in Washington, DC, including the Pentagon, was also felt here in Putnam County.

At the PCN&R’s office in Cold Spring, the building shook for about ten seconds, rocking desk chairs and computer screens. Alarms were triggered in buildings throughout the county, including at the Mahopac National Bank.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 27 miles east of Charlottesville and 39 miles northwest of Richmond, and 4.6 miles deep. It was felt as far south as North Carolina, as far north as Rhode Island, and as far west as Ohio.


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