5.8 earthquake rattles East Coast

Published On: Aug 23 2011 03:57:57 PM EDT

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Tuesday near the nation's capital and sent shock waves up and down the East Coast.

New York earthquake court officer
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Brendan McDermid / Reuters

A federal court officer instructs court personnel during an evacuation of the Federal Court Building in New York following an earthquake that struck the East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday.

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