Earthquake Reaction from Across WNY to Washington D.C.

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Earthquake Reaction from Across WNY to Washington D.C.

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM EDT

Western NY, (WKBW)

Many of us in Western New York just felt the apparent effects of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered about 35 miles outside of Richmond, Virginia. This sort of unpredictable event shows the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they occur.

The local chapter of the Red Cross has a “Be Red Cross Ready” earthquake safety checklist. Check their website at www.buffaloredcross.org for more information.

Here's some of the e-mails we've received after the quake stopped:

"I live on Rambling Rd., East Amherst. I felt the earthquake at my home -lasting almost a full minute-whole house was shaking."

"check radar and see where the quake hit - it was felt in Fillmore, Rushford, Belfast, Cuba & Wellsville"

"I work at 6245 Sheridan Drive and felt a minor earth quake for 30 seconds. I work on the 3rd floor and our whole building shook.
Very interesting......
Michelle"

From Victoria Dillion,Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28)

"I know some folks felt the earthquake in Buffalo so I thought you might appreciate a take from DC."

"The Congresswoman’s DC office was evacuated along with others in the U.S. Capitol. I’m happy to say that there is no significant damage and our staff in DC is accounted for and fine. As you probably know Congress is not in session so the Members are not there."

Press Release from FEMA:

Statement from FEMA Spokesperson Rachel Racusen on Earthquake

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Rachel Racusen issued the following statement on the earthquake that impacted the mid Atlantic Region and other states today:

"According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), the mid Atlantic Region of the United States experienced a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. FEMA, along with the entire federal family, is closely monitoring the situation and is in close contact and coordination with our partners in the National Capital Region and our state partners. Though there are no early reports of major damage or requests for assistance at this time, preliminary damage assessments are currently taking place in all affected states and we will continue to work closely with their emergency management officials.

"Due to overload of cell phone usage, there are reports of cell phone congestion. We request that members of the public use email or text messages if possible to communicate for the next few hours, except in cases of emergency, so that emergency officials can continue to receive and respond to urgent calls. We encourage everyone in the affected areas to listen to the direction of their local officials. More information will be provided as it becomes available."

EWN will have full coverage tonight on Channel 7.