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August 23, 2011
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People stand in Foley Square in New York after being evacuated from the federal and state buildings that surround it Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. A 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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People who came out on the street after an earthquake look up at a window that cracked during the quake on Market Street in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing.

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One of the spires , left, of the National Cathedral is seen missing following an earthquake in the Washington, Tuesday, Aug., 23, 2011. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia forced evacuations of all the monuments on the National Mall in Washington and rattled nerves from Georgia to Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island where President Barack Obama is vacationing. No injuries were immediately reported.

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US Park Service helicopter patrols over the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, as a member of the Secret Service walks across the roof of the White House 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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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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Civilians and military personnel evacuate the Pentagon in Washington after an earthquake was felt on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.