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Scenes From The East Coast Earthquake

Scenes from the Earthquake

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A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuri
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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama was vacationing. It was also felt as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated as were various buildings in New York and other East Coast cities. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Click ahead for scenes from the moments following the earthquake.

Posted 23 Aug 2011

Cracks in Washington Monument

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A detail photograph of the north side of the Washington Monument on the National Mall August 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington Monument will remain indefinitely closed after yesterday's 5.8 magnitude East Coast earthquake left cracks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.
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A detail photograph of the north side of the Washington Monument on the National Mall August 24, 2011, in Washington, D.C. It was announced that the Washington Monument would be closed "indefinitely" in the wake of the earthquake due to cracks near the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.

Collapsed Walls

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In Vienna, Virginia, west of Washington DC, a wall collapses and damages nearby cars during the earthquake on August 23, 2011.
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In Vienna, Virginia, west of Washington D.C., a wall collapses and damages nearby cars during the earthquake on August 23, 2011.

New York Mercantile Exchange

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A photo taken by CNBC’s Mary Thompson outside the New York Mercantile Exchange. The evacuations were not "official" and some traders remained inside the exchange as trading continued.
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A photo taken outside the New York Mercantile Exchange. The evacuations were not "official" and some traders remained inside the exchange as trading continued.

Washington D.C.

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Buildings around Washington D.C., including many government buildings were evacuated following the earthquake. Pictured here, people are evacuated from the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union, on Louisiana Avenue.
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Buildings around Washington D.C., including many government buildings were evacuated following the earthquake. Pictured here, people are evacuated from the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union, on Louisiana Avenue.

Evacuations in New York

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People stand outside of their buildings after being evacuated following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City.  The 5.9 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia was felt throughout a large part of the east coast but didn't appear to cause any injuries.
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People stand outside of their buildings after being evacuated following the earthquake. The 5.8 magnitude quake didn't appear to cause any injuries.

Washington D.C.

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People gather outdoors in the minutes following the 5.9 earthquake in Washington D.C. Government buildings were evacuated and phone lines were overloaded as people worked to understand the recent events.
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People gather outdoors in Washington D.C., minutes following quake. Government buildings were evacuated and phone lines were overloaded as people worked to understand the recent events.

Washington, D.C.

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A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument shortly after an earthquake struck Washington, DC August 23, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes to strike the US east coast in decades rattled offices Tuesday in downtown Washington and caused panicked evacuations from skyscrapers as far away as New York.
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A Parks Police helicopter inspects the Washington Monument shortly after the earthquake struck. Later, cracks were discovered near the top of the monument.

New York City

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People gather outside of their buildings after being evacuated following an earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake based in Virginia was felt throughout a large part of the east coast but didn't appear to cause any injuries.
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People waited outside of their buildings in New York City until safety officials could give them the all-clear signal to re-enter.

Telecommunications Trucks

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In the minutes after the earthquake, communications systems were overloaded and work crews responded to get service back on-line.
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In the minutes after the earthquake, communications systems were overloaded and work crews in Washington, D.C., responded to get service back on-line.

Washington, D.C.

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Staff and employees from the Australian Embassy to the United States rally around a designated point outside their building after the earthquake. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline.
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Staff and employees from the Australian Embassy rally around a designated point outside their building after the earthquake. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline.