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Washington (CNN) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Tuesday in northern Virginia, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake, which struck at 1:51 p.m., was felt in Washington, in Richmond, Virginia, and as far away as North Carolina and New York, witnesses reported.
"It's one of the largest that we've had there," USGS seismologist Lucy Jones told CNN. Aftershocks were a concern, she said. "People should be expecting (them), especially over the next hour or two," she added.
She said that she would expect to see "significant damage" to old, brick buildings near the epicenter. "If you've already got some damage, you might want to stay outside," she said.
She also raised concern that water and gas lines may have been damaged.
"Our building was shaking the way a skyscraper isn't supposed to shake," said a lawyer in a high-rise in midtown Manhattan.
The quake was 3.7 miles deep and was located 83 miles southwest of Washington, the USGS said.
 

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Felt it here in Ocean City, MD (on vacation). Realized it came from home, and called the shop to see how they faired.

My buddy Dennis said "Crossroads Cycle was just shaking like a whore in church!" :)

Looks like this is the largest one ever in Virginia.

-Shaggy
 

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My daughter was in the DC airport on her way back to SoCal and sent me a text that she immediately did the 'duck and cover' while most other people didn't know what to do and looked lost...guess they aren't all that common out there.
 
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