An earthquake that struck Virginia at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday afternoon could be felt as far north as Pound Ridge and Lewisboro.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the epicenter was Louisa, Va., just northwest of Richmond and that it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale. That was strong enough to startle area residents and send them scattering to find out the cause of the rumble.
I was lying in bed resting and felt the bed begin to shake. I didn't know what was going on, said Ruth Aminoff of Rolling Meadow Lane in Pound Ridge. Then I turned on the radio and found out we had an earthquake. I remember we had one many years ago; it felt like a train coming through but it only lasted for a few seconds.
Lewisboro Town Clerk Cathy Cory said she felt the quake come in two bursts while working at her desk in the Town House.
My chair started rolling I could feel it and I thought, thats odd, she said. I had to stop and think about it and then it happened again. I think it came in two bursts. The furnace isnt on, so I knew it couldnt be that.
Cory said she was initially concerned because her brother lives in Richmond and she was having trouble reaching him. Cell phone service was spotty just after the quake as the system overoaded with callers. However, an e-mail from her niece told Cory that her brother was fine.
Staff at the Lewisboro Library next door to the Town House felt the shaking and the noise was loud enough to make them think that a large truck was passing by or there was construction going on nearby.
My chair was shaking, said Childrens Librarian Cathy Lim. I could look through the windows and see the chimney shaking, but there was no wind.
Library Director Cindy Rubino said the glass in the librarys large window began to shimmy.
A patron said she saw our book stacks begin to shake, Rubino said. I grabbed Cathy [Lim] and we left the building to see if we could find out what was going on.
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