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People stand in the street in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, after office buildings where evacuated following an earthquake in the Washington area. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

People stand in the street in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, after office buildings where evacuated following an earthquake in the Washington area. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Earthquake rocks Washington area

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as New York City. (AP)