Dramatic Photos From 2011: 5.8 Quake Hits East Coast

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the East Coast at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday, causing people to evacuate buildings from the Pentagon up to New York. The quake was centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va. but was very shallow, the U.S. Geological Survey said, which could explain why it was felt as far away as Boston.

35 photos
1/35
Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Suzanne Beatty comforts her son Quentin Beatty, 7, on a street in TriBeCa after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 in New York, United States. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
2/35
AP
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the East Coast at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday, causing people to evacuate buildings from the Pentagon up to New York. The quake was centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va. but was very shallow, the U.S. Geological Survey said, which could explain why it was felt as far away as Boston.
3/35
AP
A worker with Baltimore Gas and Electric walks past a square where workers wait for word to re-enter their office buildings after the earthquake was felt in Baltimore. The quake was downgraded to 5.8 from 5.9.
4/35
AP
Debris covers the floor of the Miller's Mart food store in Mineral, Va., a small town northwest of Richmond near the earthquake's epicenter.
5/35
AP
Tony Williams surveys damage at his Mineral, Va. home after the quake struck. Items in his home were knocked over and displaced, and the home suffered some structural damage.
6/35
AP
Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol. The earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.
7/35
AP
People look up at a downtown building after an earthquake was felt in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Downtown office buildings were cleared and workers were waiting for clearance to re-enter.
8/35
AP
Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.9 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capitol.
9/35
AP
Co-workers Susan Sproul, left, and Susan Davidson hug after evacuating from their building after an earthquake was felt in Baltimore, Md.
10/35
AP
Co-workers Peggy Shanks, left, and Terri DeLibro sit on a bench outside of an office building as Shanks calls her granddaughter after an earthquake was felt in Baltimore, Md.
11/35
AFP/Getty Images
In D.C., a Parks Police helicopter inspected the Washington Monument shortly after the temblor struck.
12/35
AP
People crowded a street in downtown Washington after offices emptied out.
13/35
Pennsylvania Avenue was also full as buildings were evacuated.
14/35
Getty Images
Office workers stand outside their buildings in New York after being evacuated following the earthquake.
15/35
Getty Images
A construction worker stands out from the crowd gathered outside of buildings in Lower Manhattan following the earthquake.
16/35
AFP/Getty Images
A bride runs from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan after Tuesday's quake, one of the strongest to strike the East Coast in decades, caused evacuations from skyscrapers between Washington and New York.
17/35
Getty Images
Police officers kept watch outside an evacuated Manhattan courthouse.
18/35
AP
Cracks appear on the facade of a building on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia following an earthquake along the East Coast Tuesday.
19/35
AP
Office workers gather on a sidewalk after their building was evacuated following an earthquake in New York. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook the much of the east coast from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Rhode Island.
20/35
Getty Images
People skirt the area surrounding the Washington Monument after police closed it after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the East Coast.
21/35
AP
A pedestrian peers at the tops of buildings on Wall Street in Manhattan after an earthquake shook New York. The epicenter of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake was in Virginia and forced evacuations of all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves along the east coast.
22/35
AP
People use the stairs to evacuate a building in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, after an earthquake hit the Washington area.
23/35
AP
People who came out on the street after an earthquake look up at a window that cracked during the quake on Market Street in Philadelphia.
24/35
AP
U.S. Park Service helicopter patrols over the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, as a member of the Secret Service walks across the roof of the White House following an earthquake in the Washington area.
25/35
AP
Office workers gather on a sidewalk after their building was evacuated following an earthquake in New York on Tuesday.
26/35
AP
NYPD Emergency service unit officers arrive in Foley Square in New York after the federal and state buildings that surround it were evacuated on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 following an earthquake.
27/35
AP
People stand in Foley Square in New York after being evacuated from the Federal and State buildings due to a 5.9 earthquake in central Virginia.
28/35
AP
One of the spires of the National Cathedral is seen missing following an earthquake in the Washington, DC.
29/35
AP
Passengers crowd the platform of a commuter train as they wait for it to arrive at Union Station in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, after an earthquake in the Washington area.
30/35
AP
Travelers rush into Ronald Reagan National Airport's Terminal A after authorities closed the terminal to check for damage following an earthquake in the Washington area.
31/35
AP
Construction workers at ground zero head back to work after an earthquake shook Manhattan, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in New York. The epicenter of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake was in Virginia and forced evacuations of all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves along the east coast.
32/35
AP
Ronald Reagan National Airport Police stop travelers from entering Terminal A, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, as the airport's fire department checks for damage after an earthquake in the Washington area.
33/35
Getty Images
A news ticker in Times Square comments on the earthquake on August 23, 2011 in New York City. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located near Louisa in central Virginia. Two nuclear power plants at the North Anna Power Station in the same county were reportedly taken offline.
34/35
Getty Images
Suzanne Beatty comforts her son Quentin Beatty, 7, on a street in TriBeCa moments after a 5.9 earthquake struck on August 23, 2011 that was felt from DC to New York.
35/35
USGS
A U.S. Geological Survey "shakemap" of the 5.9 earthquake that struck northwest of Richmond, Virginia Tuesday at 1:51 p.m. ET.
Contact Us