By and and  on August 23, 2011

The D.C. area was hit by an earthquake of a 5.9 magnitude at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday and parts of downtown Washington were evacuated, but no major injuries or damage to stores or malls was reported.

A 2.8 magnitude aftershock hit the area near the epicenter about an hour later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A second followed about 20 minutes later, this time of a 2.2 magnitude. More aftershocks were expected.

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