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Virginia Earthquake Felt in Dobbs Ferry

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y.  -- An earthquake in Virginia shook buildings up and down the East Coast including many in Dobbs Ferry and throughout Westchester Tuesday afternoon.

Many residents in Dobbs Ferry felt the earthquake and immediately knew something was wrong.

"The lights were shaking, I could feel it in my feet," said Gloria Charny, who was relaxing in the Dobbs Ferry Public Library at the time of the quake. "I thought it was a train, but then I realized I've never felt that."

The 5.9 magnitude temblor was centered near Mineral, Virginia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGC). It hit around 1:51 pm Tuesday.

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

Other Dobbs Ferry locals were at work and relayed their experience through social media such as Facebook. Paula Dambroff works  in the new Gateway Center the Westchester Community College and said on Facebook she felt the building swaying.

"It is designed to gently sway in the event of an earthquake," Dambroff said on The Daily Dobbs Ferry page. "Fortunately this was minor, but some of our satellite facilities evacuated their buildings."

Ned McCormack, a spokesperson for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said the county believes there was no serious damage or injuries in the county.

"I was home just watching TV and I felt it [for] about 45 seconds," Kimberly Ross said on The Daily Dobbs Ferry Facebook page.

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

Local law enforcement and communities are assessing damage, but buildings shook throughout the region. Some buildings have been evacuated, including some in Washington, D.C.

The National Weather Service says there is no tsunami threat to the eastern seaboard.

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