CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- People in North Carolina fled buildings as a 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia shook some from their offices. Media outlets and officials reported it was felt from Asheville to the Triad to Jacksonville.
In uptown Charlotte, a few workers voluntarily evacuated some of the high-rise buildings. No official evacuations took place. Several workers told NewsChannel 36 they thought the tremors were from office construction.
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We work up on the sixteenth floor and we just felt a vibration in the building, said Nathaisa Jones, who works uptown.
It was kinda weird that North Carolina had an earthquake, Jones said.
No official damage was reported in the greater Charlotte area.
Some workers in Raleigh evacuated from offices when the tremor hit Tuesday. Others stayed where they were, and said they were unaware of what was causing floors, ceilings and computer monitors to shake.
Paul Bonavita blamed the air-conditioning at the building that houses his medical communications company. Fiona Parker says she and her co-workers fled when they realized their building was shaking even though no wind was blowing.
Spokespeople for Duke Energy and Progress said the two companies' six nuclear power plants all stayed online.
A spokesman for Washington National Cathedral says at least three of the four pinnacles on the central tower have fallen off and the central tower appears to be leaning.
The pinnacles are the top stones on the cathedral's towers.
Richard Weinberg, director of communications for the cathedral, said the cathedral has been evacuated and stone masons are assessing the damage.
The Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal Church landmark in the capital. Located in the northwest quadrant of the city near foreign embassies and the vice president's residence, the gothic-like structure is among the tallest in the city. It's historically been the site of funerals and memorials for presidents and statesmen.