A magnitude 6.0 earthquake centered in central Virginia was felt at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday in nearby Washington, D.C. and as far away as 1,000 miles from the epicenter.
“Being up on the 11th floor of this building, the building swayed a little bit,” said Ray Gilmer, vice president of communications with the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.
Gilmer was in the United Fresh conference room with president Tom Stenzel, senior vice president for public policy Robert Guenther and other staff members. The quake lasted about 15 seconds, after which the staff ran downstairs to the sidewalk.
“It seems like the rest of Washington was on the sidewalk too,” Gilmer said.
Gilmer said he has heard quake damage in Washington D.C. includes a broken water pipe in the Pentagon and exterior damage to the National Cathedral. In general, Gilmer said there does not appear to be significant damage in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Oelhafen, in organic sales for Cavalier Produce, Charlottesville, Va., said the epicenter of the quake was just about 20 miles away the firm’s facility.
“It shook stuff off walls and broke things (here),” she said. “It was intense.”
Oelhafen said the firm did not lose power, though cell lines were still down about 3:30 p.m. EDT.
She said there are reports of damage to houses and reported cracks in the Wal-Mart Distribution Center close to the quake’s epicenter at Mineral, Va.