UPDATE: EARTHQUAKE SHAKES EAST COAST

State Police say there were reports of a few damages as a result of the earthquake. Deptford Township in Gloucester County has reports of a gas leak on one street (Craig Drive) and there have been several residential evacuations at that location.  Also, Gloucester County College reported a gas leak in one building that has since been evacuated.  There were no reports of any injuries.  The earthquake was measured at 5.9 on the Richter Scale and it shook the east coast of the United States at 1:51 p.m. today, including all parts of Cape May County. The quake is centered in Virginia, between Charlottesville and Richmond. The quake has been felt throughout Cape May County, South Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and the Washington, DC area.  We’ll continue to update this story as details become available.  The quake is centered near the University of Virginia. The effects in Cape May County were felt for about 12 seconds. Mobile phone service was unavailable for many users, but preliminary indications are that this disruption was due to an extremely high call volume generated by users. State Police believe that New Jersey is far enough away from the epicenter to avoid further damaging aftershocks.

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