5.8 Earthquake Hits New York & Washington D.C.

August 23, 2011

Richmond, Virginia was hit with an earthquake that sent tremors to New York and Washington D.C. It's being called an usually strong earthquake since tremors in the east coast are rare and even when they do occur, they're usually insignificant and hardly worth reporting. This quake however was registered at 5.8. The official classification for a killer earthquake used to be 6.0. This one that hit Washington was a 5.8. This isn't normal by any means for the east coast, least of all Washington D.C. They are now reporting that many damages have been noticed among some of the memorials and structures, most notably the Washington Monument which is now cracked. Absolutely incredible.