Earthquake rumbles down South, locals say

Many residents in Rockdale and Newton counties said they felt the earth move Tuesday afternoon from the earthquake that struck the east coast of the United States.

Residents of Atlanta's suburbs and other parts of Georgia also said they felt the earthquake Tuesday about the same time a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Washington, D.C., area. More than two dozen people in Georgia reported to the U.S. Geological Survey that they felt the tremors, according to the Associated Press.

The tremors were enough to evacuate a city government office building in Savannah after employees felt the building shaking.

Although some residents in Newton County felt some shaking, many people in Covington said they didn't feel anything.

"I've heard about it but I've been at work all day and haven't felt anything," said Sharon Camp, who works at Eastside Commercial Bank. "I didn't have anything rock my world."

Several who people left posts on the Newton Citizen's Facebook page reported they felt buildings shake near Newton Medical Center. Others said they didn't did feel a thing.

At Evans Pharmacy at the center of Olde Town Conyers, patrons and workers said they did not feel the ground move.

Eva Mendsen, a pharmacist at Evans, said she called her brother, Anthony Corsini, immediately upon hearing the news of the earthquake in northern Virginia. Corsini is a pathologist who works at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

"I called my brother and he said he felt it," Mendsen said. "He was working with a microscope and saw the slide move as he was looking at it."

Lee Depkin, a Rockdale County resident and photographer, said he was sure he felt the tremor at his house.

"I was working on my computer and I noticed my monitor was wobbling and then I felt some movement on the table," he said. "My first thought was an earthquake because I've been through one in California ages ago, but I quickly dismissed it. Turns out I was right. I did feel it here."

The quake forced evacuations of all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from South Carolina to Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing.

Officials said the earthquake was half a mile deep and centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Numerous minor injuries have been reported in the Washington area.

The federal agency says more than 12 million people live close enough to the quake's epicenter to feel shaking.

The Associated Press and Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd contributed to this story.


Billy 4 years, 3 months ago

Earthquakes in the east US; I hope it's the last one for a while...


John 4 years, 3 months ago

Yep, there have been quakes in the Midwest too. Any area where there are mountains are subject to earth quakes. Just be thankful you don't live in Japan they have one just about every day (mostly mild shakes)


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