At about 2 p.m. EDT the Pentagon and several buildings on Capitol Hill were evacuated due to an apparent earthquake, according to a USA Today article. The quake cased disturbances throughout the northeast and caused JFK International Airport to be shut down, according to Fox News.
The magnitude-5.9 earthquake reportedly occurred in central Virginia, about 83 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. According to a Wall Street Journal post, the earthquake could be felt as far away as New York City. Seismologists for the U.S. Geological survey have said that this is a very large magnitude earthquake for the area, and the waves traveled great distances because of the makeup of the Earth’s crust in the northeastern portion of the United States.