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Earthquake rattles Philadelphia

Earthquake rattles Philadelphia

It was brief enough to be ignored or misinterpreted - an overzealous demolition crew, perhaps, or a plumbing snafu - and left little evidence in its wake.
 

But in that 1:51 p.m. quake that lasted for more than 30 seconds Tuesday, the tremor that rumbled beneath the Eastern Seaboard transformed the day.
 

Businesses closed. Trains and planes screeched to a halt. Rescue workers went on alert. And as much as anything, the historic quake rattled millions of nerves across a dozen states.
 

Centered near the town of Mineral, Va., the quake rocked communities from Georgia to Canada. With an estimated 5.8 magnitude, it marked the most powerful temblor on the East Coast in 114 years and the third-strongest on record.

Gladys Roane hugs her friend Tamika Melvin. Roane was on the 23rd floor of the Blue Cross building in Philadelphia, when an earthquake hit on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. She said it was "very scary." (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer)
Gladys Roane hugs her friend Tamika Melvin. Roane was on the 23rd floor of the Blue Cross building in Philadelphia, when an earthquake hit on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. She said it was "very scary." (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer)
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Sure it was a 5.8 at its epicenter, but how powerful did the Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake feel in your neighborhood? Check our earthquake intensity map and find out.