SAVANNAH — Savannah officials say a city office building was evacuated after employees felt the building shaking and swaying at about the same time a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Washington, D.C. area.
Residents of Atlanta’s suburbs and other parts of Georgia also said they felt the earthquake Tuesday. More than two dozen people in Georgia reported feeling tremors to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Bret Bell, a spokesman for the city of Savannah, says city workers evacuated a five-story office building next to City Hall around 2 p.m. He says employees said they felt the building swaying. Inspectors found no structural damage.
Brent Neill, a software designer in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, said he felt his two-story office building shudder Tuesday. He says some people saw doors shaking on their hinges.
Meanwhile, the Virginia quake forced evacuations of all the memorials and monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from South Carolina to Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing.
Officials said the earthquake was half a mile deep and centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Numerous minor injuries have been reported in the Washington area.
The federal agency says more than 12 million people live close enough to the quake’s epicenter to feel shaking.