Electronic trading on the CME Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange continued on Tuesday despite the effect of an earthquake that measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake originated about 9 miles south of Mineral, Va., in the center of the state, and was felt up and down the Eastern Seaboard and as far west as Ohio.

Our markets remained open during the earthquake, said CME spokesman Chris Grams.

Open outcry trading ends on the Comex every weekday at 1:30 p.m. EDT. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 1:53 p.m., when electronic trading on the Comex was in full swing.