One of the most powerful Earthquakes to hit the US since 1897 has struck the East Coast of the United States.
The massive 5.8 magnitude Earthquake struck 84 miles (135km) from South-west of Washington at a depth of 3.7 miles (6km) with its powerful tremors felt all the way to New York.
Many buildings in major cities through the North East including the Pentagon and The White House had to be evacuated and in Virginia there have been reports of extensive structural damage caused by the massive quake.
Thousands of terrified people had to be evacuated from buildings fearing they would collapse along with added fears of a nuclear disaster following 12 nuclear plants being declared ‘unusual events’ after the powerful quake had struck.
Washington DC shook Â violently for approximately 30 seconds causing buildings to sway, houses to shake, TV monitors and lights rocking and frightened people were unable to access mobile phones as the network went down.
“When it started it felt like someone was moving furniture next door.
“Things began to shake and even more and so everyone rushed out into the corridor.
“The alarm went off and the building was evacuated”, said an office worker in Washington DC.
US President Barack Obama was on holiday in Martha’s Vineyard at the time the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck but was kept informed about the situation by senior national security and emergency staff.
Despite Â buildings moving and shaking, emergency evacuations, flights delayed, train networks affected and thousands of terrified people filling the streets, there have been no reports of any human casualties.