August 24th, 2011
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Earthquake rocks US

Mineral: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the East Coast of the United States of America. The US Geological Survey said that the epicentre of the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II is calculated to be about 8km (five miles) off the town of Mineral, in the state of Virginia.

There were no known deaths or serious injuries, but cracks appeared in the National Cathedral and three capstones broke off its tower. Windows shattered and grocery stores were wrecked in Virginia, where the quake was centered. The White House and Capitol were partly evacuated.

The quake struck 135km from south-west of Washington, at a depth of 6km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Federal officials said two nuclear reactors had been taken offline near the epicentre of the quake but that no damage had been reported. A total of 12 nuclear plants declared “unusual events” after the quake.



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