Office workers react to earthquake in Wash, DC

*Earthquakes on the East coast don’t happen very often, but things got a little shaky today. Also, last night a strong shaker hit Colorado.

Around 2pm Eastern a 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as New York City and Rhode Island, reports the Wall Street journal.

The quake sent hundreds of people spilling into the street a block from the White House, with other buildings evacuated in North Carolina. It is believed to be the most powerful earthquake to hit the D.C. area.

Meanwhile, according to a NY Times report, the largest natural earthquake in Colorado in more than a century struck Monday night in the state’s southeast corner, but there had been no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and centered about nine miles from the city of Trinidad, hit at 11:46 p.m. local time. It was felt as far away as Greeley, about 350 miles north, and into Kansas and New Mexico, said Julie Dutton, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

Read/learn more at NY Times.