East Coast Earthquake -- Transportation Status As Of 3:45pm

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 03:57 PM

The USGS Community Intensity Internet Map (image courtesy of USGS)

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast Tuesday, with tremors felt from as far south as North Carolina all the way north to Rhode Island. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter was 40 miles outside of Richmond, Va.

We're still gathering information on transportation and infrastructure but for now, here's what we know as of 3:45pm:

  • Amtrak service is disrupted between Washington and Baltimore as D.C.'s Union Station was evacuated and trains south of Baltimore are running at slower speeds
  • Airports are all back up and running according to the FAA. Planes were grounded and terminals evacuated in Washington, D.C. with closures at New York's JFK lasting 45 minutes. Newark ceased operations for 20-30 minutes. Some delays persist at most airports.
  • Travelers reported that some Hudson River closed between New York and New Jersey, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there were no closures, nor reports of any damage.
  • Buildings and transit centers were evacuated throughout the region.



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