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Greenburgh Had Mixed Reactions to Virginia Quake

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Even though they were at the same spot in Greenburgh, Willie Jones and George Klescht had completely different reactions to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the state of Virginia Tuesday afternoon, shaking buildings up and down the East Coast, including many in Greenburgh and throughout Westchester.

Jones and Klescht both work at Con Edison and were with two other co-workers changing a transformer at Loehmann's Plaza, on Tarrytown Road, when the quake hit, at 1:51 p.m. But while Jones was sitting inside the back of a van, Klescht was working on the ground.

“I was sitting on the cooler. I felt the truck bouncing,” said Jones.

“We didn’t feel nothing, not a thing,” retorted Klescht.

At the BMW dealer around a mile up Tarrytown Road, receptionist Adriane Brozowski said that only people on the second floor of the building felt the tremor, and just a little.

Brozowski herself was sitting in a chiropractic waiting room, off Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers, when the quake happened, and had a much worse experience.

“All of a sudden we saw the room shaking. The pictures on the wall were moving,” she said, adding that the whole thing must have lasted a minute or two, but it seemed much longer. 

Back in Greenburgh, some firefighters of the Fairview Fire Department said that they also felt the quake, but didn’t receive any call and didn’t adopt any special procedure.

“If we started getting calls, then we would implement what was needed,” said Capt. Christopher Ryan.

Despite the alarm, it seems that nothing very drastic happened elsewhere.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Indian Point nuclear power plant was unaffected by the tremor and aftershocks.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said railroads are operating normally. The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey, was closed for inspection, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Taller buildings were evacuated in Manhattan, as were some in Washington, D.C.

The earthquake was felt as far north as Concord, N.H.

Dawn Bert, the commissioner’s secretary at the Theodore D. Young Community Center, in Greenburgh, said that she got a call from her daughter Danielle, who works in the outskirts of Philadelphia, but didn’t worry about it.

“She was ok. She was just a little shaken up,” Bert said.

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