Earthquake Leads to Evacuation of New York City Buildings

Dozens of buildings in New York City, including City Hall, police headquarters and federal courthouse, were temporarily evacuated after tremors from a magnitude-5.9 earthquake centered in Virginia briefly rocked the eastern seaboard.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was centered near Richmond, Virginia and was 3.7 miles deep.

In New York, it appears that calm has been restored after some moments of terror.

Consolidated Edison said there were no reports of any power outages; the Indian Point nuclear power plant (about 40 miles north of New York) said it is operating normally.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also said its service has not been disrupted.

Wow, that was scary, Nathan Buck, a Harlem resident told the Daily News paper.

I saw my globe start to wobble. At first I thought - is it me? Then a pile of CDs came crashing down.