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Virginia Quake Felt in Glen Cove

Residents share stories of their whereabouts when shocks from a Virginia area earthquake reached Long Island Tuesday afternoon.

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter in Virginia, shook Long Island Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tremors could be felt throughout much of the Northeast, said officials, including the city of Glen Cove.

Employees of L. Martone & Sons, Inc., a roofing and sheet metal business located on Sea Cliff Avenue, evacuated the building for several minutes.

“I immediately knew what it was,” said one worker about the quake. “I was in the 8.8 [magnitude] Mexico City earthquake in 1985. Once you’re in an earthquake, you never forget how it feels.”

Another employee said she immediately called her son, who was at the beach, and advised him to leave.

Social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, were buzzing with feedback from Glen Cove residents, who shared stories of their whereabouts when the tremors occurred.

“We’re on Garvies Point Road and the whole building shook!” said Colleen McGuire in a Facebook post.

“The whole house shook on East Island,” posted Monica Paulus.

“I was reading a book, so I was sitting down thank goodness! The whole house shook... at first I thought it was a passing truck,... and then the shaking grew stronger, and I knew it was a quake so I jumped on the USGS site!” mentioned Debbie Borgono, also on Facebook.

No injuries or damage occurred in the City of Glen Cove, according to Glen Cove EMS.

FEMA has offered the following information about what to do after an earthquake. It includes facts about expecting aftershocks and using telephones only for serious emergencies.

Wendy Marie Torquato August 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM
serious i thought my vertigo was acting up lol ...oh and i was at the doctors at the time
Eileen Goldbach August 23, 2011 at 10:50 PM
I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building. I am near the LIRR and when the diesel goes through the building it shakes slightly. Well when the building was shaking back and forth a little more then usual, I thought this is an earthquake. It lasted about 40 seconds. I must admit it was scary and even though it was about 40 seconds it seemed longer.
Halina August 24, 2011 at 03:09 AM
You could fell the house swaying back and forth for a long time right here in Island Trees at the edge of Levittown, Bethpage and Hicksville, too.,.But yet someone in the village of Farmingdale that I contacted during that time didn't fell a tremor at all.

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