Earthquake Rattles East Coast, People's Nerves

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook much of the East Coast Tuesday afternoon. The quake was centered in near Mineral, Virginia, about 80 miles from Washington, D.C. But the earthquake shook the ground in D.C., New York City and Boston, and as far away as Ohio and Canada.

The ceiling at historic Union Station in the nation's capital was damaged, and there are reports that the Washington Monument tilted a bit. Everybody was evacuated from the White House, but President Obama was safely away on a golf course on Martha's Vineyard, where he reportedly felt the shaking as well.

The Associated Press has more: