Earthquake Felt Across New England

BOSTON (CBS) – A 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, centered near Richmond, Virginia.

It was felt all the way up the East Coast including New England.

“I live in Hampton, NH and just felt the earthquake around 15 minutes ago. Our top floor is the fourth and my bed, dresser mirror and laps were shaking. Just wanted to let you know it was felt further than Boston,” Pamela Van Oss said in an email to WBZ-TV.

Several buildings in downtown Boston were evacuated as a precaution.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports from the Weston Observatory:

There are no reports of any serious injuries or damage.

Governor Deval Patrick on today’s earthquake in Virginia:

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has been working throughout the afternoon with local cities and towns and law enforcement across the Commonwealth to verify any confirmed reports of damage. At this stage, it would appear that the Commonwealth has been spared any serious consequences from the Virginia earthquake. We will continue our efforts to ensure that our cities and towns are safe and do not require additional assistance from the state. As always, I would like to thank MEMA and our first responders across the state for their quick response.”

Here is a statement from State Police spokesman David Procopio:

“The Massachusetts State Police Communications Section has fielded several dozen calls from members of the public in the wake of the earthquake that hit the eastern seaboard about a half hour ago. We have received NO reports of injuries or significant structural damage from any of the emergency callers. Our dispatchers are advising callers about the earthquake, which was centered in Virginia, and checking to ensure they are not injured. We will update further if we receive reports of any injuries or structural damage.

Numerous employees in State Police General Headquarters in Framingham felt the tremors. Some employees felt more comfortable exiting the building and did so, but there was no official evacuation.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

The rumbling was also felt at Logan Airport.

“In the city we have staff out there, structural engineers, other people are checking this airport from one end to the other, ” Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

“Right now the airport itself is open and operational, but we’re being affected by three or four other airports that have either shut down or evacuated their terminals.”

Logan never closed because of the quake, but other east coast airports like Reagan National in Washington and JFK Airport in New York did shut down. As a result, nine international flights were diverted to Boston.

In 1755 a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Cape Ann and in 2010, a 5.0 earthquake hit Ottawa Canada and was felt in the region. On average, an earthquake is felt in Boston every three to five years.

WBZ Chief Meteorologist Todd Gutner has more on the quake

CBS Radio News reporter Peter Maer told WBZ he felt the tremors on Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama was playing golf at the time of the earthquake.

Here are some of the reactions sent to CBS Boston on Twitter moments after the tremors:

Share your reactions in the comments section below.

  • ewahle

    thought it was the freight train…but alas just an earth quake

  • Mary Magee

    I felt it in Keene NH

  • GS

    We felt it way up here in southern Maine!

  • Eric Michael Larson

    My mom felt it at work. Went outside then went back in and then the alarm went off……. Way to stay ontop of things

  • MJ

    My whole office in Boston shook, my desk, my chair, everything! It was mild enough that at first I thought I was imagining it, but it was real, and scary.

  • Mark

    My daughter and I felt it on the Cape

  • Billy

    I felt it in Shrewsbury!!

  • Nick

    Federal Hill felt the earthquake as well.

  • Mike

    Felt it here in my office in Hudson, MA. It wasn’t a shaking but a side to side motion….like nothing I’ve felt before.

  • BC

    Felt it at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Southie!! The entire building shook and swayed for a few minutes. Really scary!!

  • rosepetill

    Felt it in Concord, MA too – our whole building shook and everyone’s desks were swaying. I thought it was just me at first too until everyone was talking about it.

  • chris f

    I felt it on cape cod as well

  • Angie

    Felt it in Watertown! Thought it was construction but it was def the earthquake!

    • La Lestah

      I thought it was construction vehicles!!

  • Scarfo

    I work at MIT and the office I was in started to shake and the shades were swaying back and forth

  • Jack Burton

    Charlestown was ROOOOOOOOOOOLLIN

    • Tiffany

      The building I work in at the Schraffts complex was moving, They made us evacuate the building. Scary.

  • Laurie Szopa

    I was sitting at my computer in my home in Lowell when I felt the whole house shake! I was looking around because the wind wasn’t blowing very hard and I couldn’t understand why. I kept still to make sure it wasn’t just me feeling dizzy, but it made me little queasy. There is a netting hanging in my daughter’s playroom next to where I was sitting and the fringe on the bottom of it was swaying. The house swayed back and forth for several seconds! I ran downstairs to ask my mother if she felt it and she didn’t know what I was talking about. We turned on the TV and saw that it was an earthquake!

  • Lo Pan

    Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”

  • Kathy Donovan

    I t was felt on the 10th floor at BIDMC

  • Fran Raboy

    We felt it at Mass Eye and Ear — our chairs moved

  • ESS

    I work on the 5th floor at Fort Channel area of
    Boston. First it was my chair and then my desk. I looked out the window and everything was swaying.

  • pete

    It was felt here at Fort Devens.

  • cape escape

    We felt it on the Cape (Dennis) as well. Tables shaking, chandelier swinging. Very strange and disorienting

  • Paul C.

    230 Congress Street in Boston shook. I called my parents & a friend in Arlington, but none of them felt it.

  • Marie Guerriero

    We felt it in Salem MA

  • Maryann Girard

    Felt it as Umass Memorial Health Care – maryann

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