Update 3:36 p.m. ET: Terminal A at Washington Reagan National Airport has been evacuated because of an odor
of gas, airport spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said. Initial sweeps of the building showed no major damage
from the earthquake.
Light structural damage has been reported in Culpepper and Orange counties in Virginia, said Laura Southard of
the state Emergency Operations Center. She said there have been no reports of injuries in Virginia, the state where
the earthquake was centered.
Update 3:28 p.m. ET: The White House and adjacent buildings evacuated as a precaution following the earthquake
have been given the all-clear, the U.S. Secret Service said. The FBI and Justice Department have also reopened
Update 3:25 p.m. ET: East Coast residents should be prepared to feel aftershocks from Tuesday's
earthquake, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.
Update 3:22 p.m. ET: The North Anna nuclear power plant, which located 20 miles from the epicenter, is shut down
and in a safe condition, a company official and the Louisa County public information office report. There has been
no release of nuclear material, Louisa County spokeswoman Amanda Reidelbach said.
Update 3:04 p.m. ET: All national monuments and parks in Washington are "stable but closed" following Tuesday's
earthquake, a United States Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said. A couple of minor injuries and some
minor structural damage have been reported in Washington, following Tuesday's earthquake, according to Schlosser.
Part of the central tower of the National Cathedral, the highest point in Washington, D.C., was damaged, according
to spokesman Richard Weinberg. "It looks like three of the pinnacles have broken off the central tower," Weinberg
Update 3:02 p.m. ET: Amtrak is reporting service disruptions between Washington and Baltimore because of the
earthquake, the company reported on Twitter.
Aftershocks are a concern, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN. "People should be expecting
(them), especially over the next hour or two," she said.
The quake was felt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City and on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts,
where President Barack Obama is vacationing. It's unknown if the president felt the quake.
The Pentagon has been evacuated, CNN's Barbara Starr reports. "When the building began shaking rather violently,
hundreds of people began streaming out," she said, because many people thought that the building was under attack.
Starr was standing in the Pentagon's press office when the roof started to shake.
Cell phone service has been disrupted in New York City, CNN learned within minutes of the quake.
Firefighters raced to 111 Devonshire St. in the downtown area to investigate reports that the building
had started to lean after the tremor. But Deputy Fire Chief Richard DiBenedetto said that, according to
the building manager and city inspectors, the building always looked that way.
The National Park Service says the Washington Monument may have suffered cracks near its top during Tuesday’s earthquake, and the monument could be closed indefinitely.
Park service spokesman Bill Line said there appear to be cracks “at the very, very top” of the 555-foot tall structure, and structural engineers were being brought in Wednesday to conduct a close inspection.
Meanwhile, the historic stone obelisk at the center of the Mall, south of the White House, will remain closed, and “could be closed for an indefinite period of time,” he said.
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