PHOTO GALLERY: Crowds evacuate into streets after East Coast earthquake

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | 9:29 p.m. CDT; updated 10:30 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 23, 2011
People crowd Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Tuesday as they evacuate buildings after an earthquake hit the area. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

MINERAL, Va. — Tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted Tuesday by the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. Three weeks before the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, office workers poured out of New York skyscrapers and the Pentagon, relieved it was nothing more sinister than an act of nature.

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 U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered magnitude 5.8. By West Coast standards, that is mild. But the East Coast is not accustomed to earthquakes at all, and this one unsettled some of the nation's biggest population centers.

Check out a round-up of coverage from the East Coast earthquake and Monday's Colorado earthquake.

A maintenance worker looks for cracked windows in a building on Market Street in Philadelphia after an earthquake was felt Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Two men look up at a downtown building after an earthquake was felt in Baltimore Tuesday. Downtown office buildings were cleared, and workers were waiting for clearance to re-enter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A U.S. Park Service helicopter patrols over the White House Tuesday, as a member of the Secret Service walks across the roof following an earthquake in the Washington area. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Susy Ward, center, and other office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington moments after an earthquake shook the nation's capitol Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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