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Earthquake Caught Mayor Gray Off Guard

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    Mayor Gray's Earthquake Experience

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray describes his earthquake experience to Pat Collins. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011)

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he was in the car when an earthquake that hit Virginia was felt in the nation's capital.

    Gray had planned to spend much of the day at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, greeting visitors and advocating for the District to gain full voting rights in Congress.

    He had left the memorial for a meeting when he felt the car shake. He said he asked, “What the heck's wrong with this car?”

    After the earthquake stopped, the car started moving again, and Gray said he saw people evacuating buildings. He didn't know it was an earthquake until he turned on the news.

    He scrapped plans to return to the memorial and huddled with emergency officials and senior staff.