Rare 5.8 Earthquake Has The East Coast All Shook Up!

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Washington, D.C. (Sept. 26, 2003) - Aerial vie...

It is all over the news, just around 2 pm EST today an earthquake hit a number of states across the east coast. The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia and buildings in Washington D.C., New York City and elsewhere were evacuated.

I live and work in New York City and didn’t feel one bit of tremors…well maybe I did and didn’t know it at the time. I think my desk may have vibrated for like a second or two but I mistook it for my Blackberry vibrating with all the news of the earthquake in D.C. Hindsight is 20/20.

I can’t help but wonder if people in California are laughing at us for the grand reaction to this fairly minor seismic event. There seems to be little damage and no major injuries so that is all good news. This event is also perfect timing for Will & Jada Smith. At least the quake has taken all of the attention off of them and their rumored split. Stay safe everyone!


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Giacinta (Gia) Pace is a digital journalist who makes her home in New York City. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and was brought up on Long Island in a small town called Mastic. Giacinta is a graduate of Hofstra University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Cum Laude with High Honors. She currently works for NBC News where every day is a new and exciting adventure. Giacinta has been published in several magazines and websites including Bibi Magazine & bibimagazine.com, Tonic.com, TheGrio.com, NBCUatCES.com, MethodShop.com, Q, Filmfare, Back Stage and The History Channel Magazine. Giacinta has written numerous pieces for MSNBC.com's charity section, "Giving," and produces the weekly web page "Cause Celeb" on NBCNews.com's Newsvine. In addition, she occasionally contributes video spots to NBC Mobile's News 2 GO as well as photos from red carpet and other events to NBCU Photo Bank. Giacinta also regularly posts photo essays to The Today Show's allDAY Blog.