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With the Washington Monument in the background people walk nearby after it was closed to visitors as a security precaution 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.

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Strongest earthquake since 1944 jars East Coast

A 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia rattles the North American coastline, resulting in terrorism fears and evacuations in New York and Washington.

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