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Sleepy Hollow Residents Feel Va. Earthquake

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Tarrytown resident Stefanie Casarella was sitting on her couch watching TV when she says she “felt the couch shake ever so slightly.”

“It did it twice and I got weirded out by it,” she wrote on The Daily Tarrytown's Facebook page . “All of a sudden all of the news channels had “breaking news” so I knew I wasn't going crazy!”

An earthquake in Virginia shook buildings up and down the East Coast including Westchester County and New York City Tuesday afternoon.

The 5.9 magnitude temblor was centered near Mineral, Virginia, according to the the United States Geological Survey (USGC). It hit around 1:51 pm Tuesday.

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow readers reported feeling the earthquake throughout the area.

Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Gregory Camp said the Sleepy Hollow Police Department received numerous calls about the earthquake and police felt it in headquarters. Camp said no damages were reported in Sleepy Hollow.

Tarrytown and Irvington police also confirmed that there was no reported damage in their jurisdictions either.

Sara Mascia, curator of the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Historical Society, said she felt it in Briarcliff Manor. Sleepy Hollow resident Jenifer Ross felt the earthquake in Tarrytown.

Katharine Swibold felt the earthquake while at work in Morningside Heights in New York City.

“I was sitting at my desk at work, looking at the computer and heard a rattling sound, thought it was a truck or something, then felt the swaying and looked down at my legs and they were moving,” she wrote on The Daily Tarrytown's Facebook page .

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Indian Point nuclear power plant was unaffected by the tremor and aftershocks.

Ned McCormack, a spokesperson for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said the county believes there was no serious damage or injuries in the county.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority said railroads are operating normally. The Holland Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey, was closed for inspection, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Taller buildings were evacauted in Manhattan. The earthquake was felt as far north as Concord, N.H.

Local law enforcement and communities are assessing damage, but buildings shook throughout the region. Some buildings have been evacuated, including some in Washington, D.C.

The National Weather Service says there is no tsunami threat to the eastern seaboard.

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