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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Waterspouts. Tornadoes. A hurricane. And now an earthquake that rattled the Cape Fear.

Though the earthquake was centered in Virginia, folks all over our area reported feeling a tremor all the way down here.

“It’s scary,” said Carrie McIntyre, who felt the quake in Wilmington. “It’s really scary, because when it’s happening, what do you do? Really, you can’t do very much, maybe try to protect yourself.”

The US Geological Survey says the earthquake was a magnitude 5.8 and located 87 miles southwest of Washington, DC, at 1:51 p.m.

It was around 2 p.m. when folks in our area say they felt the ground shake beneath them.

“I looked out the window, and you could see the fence shaking along with the bushes so everything was shaking at once,” Ruben Maldonado of Rocky Point said.

All US Capitol complex buildings were evacuated after the earthquake.

People as far away as Rhode Island and Illinois also reported feeling the quake.

WWAY received reports from people in Wilmington, Leland, Rocky Point, Burgaw, White Lake, Tabor City and other areas.

“I was at my desk doing some paperwork and my chair moved, and I thought it was the animals,” said Melinda Cheshire of Wilmington. “I turned around to fuss at them, and then my desk started shaking, and then I looked outside and it looked like the house was moving.”

Despite the shaking along the Cape Fear coast, there have not been any reports of damage or injuries in our area. There have been reports of some damage and injuries in and around Washington, DC.

Safety systems automatically took two nuclear reactors at a power plant near the epicenter off line.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Enough of mother nature! Waterspout last week while vacationing in Carolina Beach, now back home in VA and felt the earthquake, now the hurricane next. Think I would take the waterspout over all of them.

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Carolyn
2016 years 2 months ago

I was laying down and my bed was shaking.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I was sitting at Pediatrics office and felt a rocking motion. I thought I was woozy from no lunch..funny stuff. Hope everyone who was seriously affected are ok

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2016 years 2 months ago

When the earth shook, I was sure Burtha Butt had tripped and fallen onto Eric Cantor and John Boehner.

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glenn weckel
2016 years 2 months ago

Was sitting at my desk in Carolina Beach when the ground and walls started moving…waited a bit to make sure I wasn’t imagining things…they moved again and I shouted to the girls in the front office “are you feeling this” They responded YES

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