Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MACTV NEWS: Strong earthquake rattles Washington, DC, Posted by Menelik Zeleke




Residents and office workers shaken as Washington, D.C. is rattled by magnitude 5.9 earthquake.
SHOWS: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 23, 2011) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)


1. EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVING PAST WITH SIREN BLARING
2. PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE AFTER THEIR BUILDINGS WERE EVACUATED
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANGELA KAMPSCHULT, WHO WORKS FOR A CONSULTANCY IN A DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, SAYING:
"We were just working on some Powerpoint slides and suddenly I felt it shaking. I first thought someone was just walking really deeply and then we realized it was an earthquake. So we got up, gathered some people around and we all just walked down the stairs. Still had shivers when we went down there."
4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAREN DAVENPORT, WHO WORKS FOR THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, SAYING:
"I was at lunch and we were sitting at the table and all of a sudden we felt this shaking under us. It was kind of mild at first and then the next one came and it was really intense. So everybody just got up and started rushing out. We're not sure exactly what's going on but we hope to hear soon. (REPORTER ASKING: Have you ever experienced anything like this before?) No. I'm a native of Washington, DC. We do have a co-worker that's from California and he thought it was nostalgic. It just felt like home. I'm like: I don't think so. We're on the eighth floor so there wasn't any work going on, so we knew something was up and everybody started rushing out."
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EJAZ QURASHI, WHO WORKS AT AN AUSTRIAN RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON, SAYING:
"I was just inside the restaurant then I see (makes rattling sound), the Coke fell down, everything, you know, Coke, everything. So everybody said: go out, go out. So I just came out, you know. And I see a whole lot of people out. That's all."
6. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING AND STANDING OUTSIDE BUILDINGS
STORY: Office workers and residents were shaken as a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rattled the U.S. capital on Tuesday (August 23).
The quake, which struck the U.S. and Canadian east coast along a corridor stretching from Toronto to central Virginia, shook buildings and forced the evacuation of the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said was centered in Mineral, Virginia, between Charlottesville and Richmond.
It was initially recorded at 5.8 magnitude. Washington office workers scurried into the streets after the quake, which lasted for about five seconds and sent items crashing to the floor from store and office shelves.
"Suddenly I felt it shaking," said Angela Kampschult, who works for a consultancy in downtown Washington.
"I first thought someone was just walking really deeply and then we realized it was an earthquake. So we got up, gathered some people around and we all just walked down the stairs. Still had shivers when we went down there," she said.
"All of a sudden we felt this shaking under us. It was kind of mild at first and then the next one came and it was really intense. So everybody just got up and started rushing out," said Karen Davenport, who works for the Institute Of International Finance in Washington.
Ejaz Qurashi was working at an Austrian restaurant when the quake hit.
"The Coke fell down, everything, you know, Coke, everything. So everybody said: go out, go out. So I just came out, you know. And I see a whole lot of people out," he said.
Tremors also shook New York City office buildings, prompting evacuations of courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade Center construction site, officials and witnesses said.
Buildings in Boston were evacuated and a Reuters witness said the quake was felt as far away as Toronto.

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