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Michigan residents report feeling quake

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The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia that shook Washington, D.C., around 2 p.m. was also felt in Michigan.

People in and around Detroit felt shaking Tuesday afternoon. General Motors Co. spokeswoman Ryndee Carney says she noticed while sitting at her computer on the 29th floor of a tower in GM's headquarters in downtown Detroit.

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She says the swaying lasted about 30 seconds, but nothing fell from shelves or desks and there was no damage.

WLNS-TV reported comments from Lansing area residents who felt vibrations, including at the Boji Tower across from the State Capitol.

Detroit is 450 miles northwest of Richmond. For those living in Michigan with concerns about how this state fairs with regards to earthquakes, check out this USGS section.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was half a mile deep. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

A District of Columbia fire department spokesman says there are numerous injuries as a result of an earthquake that struck near the nation's capital, but so far there are no reports of serious injuries or deaths.

DC Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says numerous buildings have been damaged, including the Ecuadorian embassy and a handful of schools.

He says thousands of people are milling about downtown after evacuating their buildings. He says that if a building has not sustained structural damage, the safest thing to do is to shelter in place. Union Station was also evacuated, and officials told the crowd outside that some plaster is down inside.

Piringer says all city fire trucks and ambulances have been deployed. Those that aren't responding to calls are driving around and looking for structural damage, injured people and other emergencies.

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