Tremors From Virginia Quake Felt Around Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A moderate earthquake hit Virginia Tuesday afternoon and the tremors were felt hundreds of miles away.

The epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was about 87 miles outside of Washington, D.C. around 1:51 p.m.

The tremors were felt as far north as Massachusetts and as far west as Cincinnati.

Dozens of viewers called into the KDKA-TV newsroom minutes after the ground shook in the Pittsburgh area.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Point Park University and PPG Place were briefly evacuated. The quake also affected Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

Ryan Penrose, a junior who was working in Sutton Hall, said it felt like he was on a boat.

“I was sitting at my desk in payroll and the ground started to shake,” he said. “I thought maybe I was just getting dizzy or something.”

For most of the people who left their buildings, it was their first experience with an earthquake.

“I felt a small tremor at first. It was kind of an up and down motion and then the next one was much stronger. It started going side to side, and I knew that wasn’t normal. I could hear the blinds shaking in the other room, and I said, ‘This is an earthquake. We have to get out of here.’ I was actually starting to get dizzy,” Dawn Owen said.

“We felt the building start to sway, and my blinds started to sway back and forth – just could feel everything shaking. We’re on the 24th floor of the Lawyers Building, so it was very evident that something was going on and we all yelled out to each other in the office and decided to evacuate,” Alicia Slade said.

The quake broke up the bingo game at the Dormont Municipal Building. Everyone evacuated from the senior center.

A week before her 90th birthday, Martha Dawson felt her first earthquake.

“I just felt it shake and I really didn’t think much of it and my friend here, she said, ‘Did you feel that?’

“And I said, ‘Yeah – I felt something shake!'”

Across town, David Gillingham felt it on a Port Authority bus.

“I actually thought it was the bus shaking a little bit, but it ended up being an earthquake and I started getting messages on my phone,” he said.

His brother, Tim, felt it in a bookstore.

“It was, you know, creepy, because I never had a earthquake or anything like that experience,” he said.

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  1. Heather says:

    We felt it in Coraopolis!

    1. Susannah says:

      Felt in in Venitia, PA!

    2. Sharon says:

      We felt it here in Oakland, 7th floor FBTR bldg. I saw the building moving outstide my window, and the water was sloshing around in my fishbowl!!!

    3. Luke R says:

      Sure it wasn’t that fat dude from down the street, trip and fell.

      1. Liz says:

        You are a jerk!!!

    4. Susan Owens Lape says:

      We felt it in Donora and Washington Township, Fayette County

    5. Annamarie Lorenz says:

      My kids and I felt it here in Arlington and the South Side area. I was sitting at the kitchen table on my laptop and the chair I was sitting in moved and slide on the floor about an inch.

    6. Debra says:

      Claysville , Pa. all shook up too!

  2. JJO says:

    Felt in Pennsybury Village — shook my office chair pretty good!! Holy Batquake!!

    1. Sue Pillock says:

      Felt here in Ebensburgh, PA. We are about 75 miles east of Pittsburgh.

  3. Shala Marie says:

    I called for information since I have no cable and a newborn and was yelled at and hung up on before even stating my reason for calling. Absolutely outraged!

    1. ALM says:

      You called the news station and expected them to recite the news to you over the phone? And you’re outraged that they were too busy to talk to you?

      Turn on a radio with headphones. You are not the center of the universe just because you have no cable and a baby.

      1. ally says:


    2. MaryHobbes says:

      You have no cable but you DO have the phone number for the news on speed dial. Think about that.

    3. Think before you type says:

      no cable, but you have Internet and didn’t think to look it up elsewhere so you called a news station?

      1. Joanne Glubish Pierwsza says:

        Thats how I found out , on the internet while filling out a job app.

  4. Melissa R. says:

    Felt in Butler, PA.

    1. Ellen J. says:

      I felt it in Butler, PA too! ! I thought I was crazy until I saw the news!

  5. RObert Marshall says:

    Felt in Whitehall also. Wobbled chair and table I was sitting at.

  6. Sherri says:

    We felt it here in Washington, PA in the Courthouse Square building. I thought someone was shaking my chair and my cubicle walls. Many of us just left the building after we felt it even though we were not officically evacuated. We are back in now but I really do not feel too safe here on the 5th floor of a 7 story building.

    1. genebene says:

      yes, you should not feel safe in that building CAUSE IT WAS BUILT BY THE LOWEST BIDDER!

  7. Terry Lash says:

    Living in Greene County, Dilliner, PA., 11 mil North of Morgantown, WV…very much felt the tremor! Lived in Calif. 21 years so am shocked to have felt it.

  8. Jaime says:

    at st. margarets hospital we all felt it.

  9. Kasey says:

    i felt it in level green!

  10. shawnchuga says:

    We felt it in Franklin Park. Kids playing xbox in their bedroom, bed actually shook!

  11. Alyson Marcus says:


  12. jennifer lookhart says:

    i felt it in apollo

  13. Dave says:

    I think it’s pretty ironic that it happened in DC – LOL

    1. Sigh says:

      That’s not irony.

      1. Dave says:

        What is it then?????

    2. Phyllis Gallagher says:

      More coming. Mother Nature can’t stop laughing at us these days…
      Seriously, this activity has been escellating. Guess who doesn’t want U.S. to know….

  14. Maryann D. says:

    We all felt it here in Bloomfield at West Penn Hospital! Movin’ and a shakin’!

  15. Deborah says:

    Felt it here in Pittsburgh Mexican War Streets

  16. Bridget says:

    Felt it at the Armstrong County Courthouse, Kittanning, PA

  17. Jean says:

    Felt in Kittanning, Pa

  18. Kendra says:

    Felt it in Mt. Pleasant

  19. Shari Quinn says:

    felt it in Warrendale

    1. Jeff says:

      Where in Warrendale, I am on Northgate Drive and did not feel anything ? !!!!

  20. Shelley says:

    I was feeding my baby and felt my chair move! It really scared me! My father felt it too. We live in Pleasant Hills, PA, south of Pittsburgh.

  21. Cecelia says:

    Most of my neighbors and I felt it in Bentleyville!!!

  22. Karen Blystone says:

    Felt it in Imperial, PA

  23. Crystal says:

    felt it in plum, pa

  24. Jamie says:

    Felt in downtown Pittsburgh. I work in Lawyers Building and felt movement and asked if were moving or if I was getting dizzy. The building swayed

    1. Jennifer says:

      LOL! I felt it too in Law and Finance Building and thought the same thing!

  25. Kat says:

    We felt it in Kingwood, WV

  26. Kaci says:

    Felt it here in Canonsburg, Pa. Computer shook. Left a very eery, queasy feeling.

  27. kourtney martello says:

    I felt it here in Brentwood.

  28. Cheryl Gribble DeCarlo says:

    Felt in Uniontown!

  29. Vince Flotta says:

    I felt the Earth. Move. Under My Feet…. tumbling done, tumbling down. No shake, rattle or roll, just a little wobble in Gateway Towers.

  30. Joanne Glubish Pierwsza says:

    I live in Arnold and I was sitting in my recliner and my dog was on the floor sleeping. It shook my chair pretty good and woke up the dog. Weird experience!!

  31. Mike Cook says:

    I’m in Philadelphia and it was very strong here! There are hundreds of people in the streets here in Center City. Our Regional Rail train system just shut down as well as the Patco high speed line to New Jersey…EXCITING!

  32. Jill says:

    Felt in Latrobe, PA

  33. Kate D says:

    Just sat down on our deck in Allison Park with daughter and a picnic lunch and felt the deck creak and shift!! I thought I was having vertigo issues!!

  34. cij says:

    I felt it in Cranberry. Just a slight rumble that lasted about five seconds.

  35. Darla says:

    Shocked, thought it was from the drilling of the gas wells in Vanderbilt, PA

  36. ANA says:

    Felt in Green tree Pittsburgh, PA

  37. Jdoubledizzle says:

    Felt it in N. Huntingdon. So weird. I’m skeered, yo.

  38. Paul says:

    According to the news, there are reports that it was felt in PA, Ohio, Michigan, Canada, New York, Rhode Island, DC, VA, WVA. The Washington Monument is feared to be leaning.

  39. Bill says:

    The City-County Building was Rocking!!

  40. Diana says:

    Felt at Alle-Kiski Hospital in Natrona Heights! Thought I was having a stroke!

  41. stacey says:

    Felt in Homer City PA

  42. Lorie says:

    We felt it in Ford City (Armstrong County). Pictures on the wall were moving.

  43. Burghnerdman says:

    I felt it on Mount Washington. My house was shaking, my laptop was shaking. I didn’t know what was going on. It happened about 1:54pm. Lasted about 30 seconds or so. Strongest I have ever felt. WOW!

  44. shirley says:

    Felt the counter and whole house move to the left and back twice convinced it was a quake sewickley

  45. Angela says:

    We felt it in Southpointe. We felt the whole building shake, and I was really dizzy for a few seconds. Definately crazy…no one expects Earthquakes in Pa!

  46. Cody says:

    Washington D.C. earthquake put a crack in the debt ceiling…What…Too soon?

    1. Jen says:

      Love it!

      1. Cody says:

        😉 !

    2. Dan Carber says:

      My window blinds were banging the window frame in New Kensington.

  47. Tom says:

    Felt the quake all the way in my bathroom! I thought my HAAS was gonna fall DAHN!

  48. Daniel says:

    I heard the earthquake occurred in DC because of the high level of hot air coming from the White House and Pentagon!

    1. 2059 says:

      the whole place should have been reduced to rubble.

  49. Kimberly El Saadawy says:

    felt it in baldwin

  50. Brittany Keeton says:

    felt it here in Latrobe, Pa

  51. Diana says:

    That was no Earthquake in Pittsburgh, that was Batman leaving dahntahn! ^-^

  52. Jay says:

    Felt it in Natrona Heights, PA

  53. Carol says:

    Felt it in Derry

  54. Teri Davis says:

    I live right by conway train yard what tremor LOL

  55. Cyrena Lickenfelt says:

    Didn’t feel a thing here in Bolivar, PA

  56. Mary Jo says:

    We felt it here in Monessen, PA . We have 3 four story buildings here and all of them shook. Our windows looked like transparent jelly. It was strange.

  57. Dawn says:

    Felt it here in New Kensington. Pretty freaky!

  58. Sharon Thomas says:

    Felt it here in Toledo, OH on the 8th floor of a medical facility.

  59. kenita massaro says:

    my office is in the 22 park and shop plaza in monroeville, and I saw the desk
    shake next to mine…..and the papers fell off of the counter….i went
    outside thinking someone hit the side of the building, saw nothing
    and came back in thinking I was NUTS! Then my sister called and told
    me about the earthquake, I went next door to the insurance office
    and both guys over there also felt it ..their chairs were shaking!

  60. Jen J says:

    Felt in Monongahela, Pa

  61. charlie in the trees says:

    I felt it on the Moon

  62. SA says:

    Felt in Bridgeville,PA and same time my customer I was talking to in Pricenton , NJ

  63. kathy says:

    Jeannette, Pa Felt shaking at my computer desk–window blinds moving.

  64. Julie says:

    Felt it here in Elizabeth,pa. Couch shook

  65. Nancy Disciascio says:

    Felt it in New Alexandria, Pa. I was sitting in my recliner and it shook plus our entertainment center started to make cracking noises, but no damage.Thank God

  66. becca says:

    felt i bellevue, pa
    reports though are saying it was felt in as far as michigan, indiana, canada. massachussetes, vermont, newhampshire, kenucky, tennessee, and georgia

  67. julie says:

    Felt it in Greensburg.

  68. Stan says:

    Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

    1. Joanne Glubish Pierwsza says:

      GET REAL!!!

  69. Barbara says:

    Felt in Pleasant Hills Pa…Bed and dresser schook…even dog yelped

  70. Patty in Greentree says:

    Felt it twice in my 4th floor Greentree, Foster Plaza office building. The first wave was like someone walking down the hall with heavy feet, the second wave shook and rattled the entire building.

  71. Terry says:

    Felt it in Connellsville

  72. Denise Russum-Carrier says:

    We felt it in Smithton

  73. jdee says:

    Felt it here in Mt. Oliver too. Mirrors on my dresser were shaking. Spooked my dog also!

  74. Peggy says:

    Felt it in wexford.

  75. Sxm says:

    Felt it in Warrendale. Evacuated to our parking lot for about 15 minutes. Slight shaking and moving around in my chair. A number of us felt some type of vertigo.

  76. Chris says:

    Felt it in Wheeling, WV and Claysville, PA

  77. KO says:

    Last time I felt a quake was in 1986(?). I was in Jr. high in Ford City. This time I was right downtown. Wheee!!!!!!

    Monster storms, flooding, earthquakes, and a hurricane on its way. Anyone else think its time to Repent?

    1. Shane says:

      Repent?? Got something on your mind, my friend? The only thing to repent about is an economic system that has destroyed the environment…

  78. Joe says:

    Felt it in Warrendale PA at work, we are on a mezzanine level that is over the warehouse floor, the whole mezzanine swayed, it was awesome

  79. joe says:

    felt it in munhall also crazy

  80. Shelly Best says:

    We felt it in Knox PA, my kids were on the merry-go-round and it started to spin itself,and the van was moving back and forth.

  81. kelly says:

    Felt it here in Westmoreland County!

  82. donna says:

    I felt it in Greensburg,Pa.about 1:30pm: I thought a large dog was trying to get out from under my bed: it made my whole bed feel lifted up in rolling bubble- I knew our dog ,Cuddles cold not have fit under bed that low. I got spooked.Then dresser started shaking moderately hard. I ran out in hallway & my Dad felt it also. Later, my friend in Hunker,Pa. felt it under her bed & dresser twice 2-3 seconds apart. My kids & teacher felt it at school too & so did bus driver at different locations before pickup.

  83. jennifer says:

    felt it in west mifflin!

  84. BETTY says:


  85. Angela Siple says:

    Felt it in waynesburg pa

  86. 1-2-3 says:

    I thought my fat wife tripped and fell

  87. Mary L DelaCruz says:

    Felt it here in Midland, Pa

  88. Baker5 says:

    you ladies need to start cleaning the house and stay off the internet

  89. Irish EYes says:

    Lived in California for a few years … Lol, brought back many experiences … Felt it here in Robinson Township too … My cat was acting strange a few minutes before I actually felt my house shaking … Curtains and Shades were moving too … Whoa!

  90. Linda says:

    Felt it from 8 stories up in 3PNC in Downtown Pittsburgh. First it was like bouncing up and down – then a back and forth motion that was much more intense. Actually made me sick to my stomach.

  91. Marilyn says:

    Also felt it in Grove City, Pa!!

  92. Lisa Veltri says:

    It was felt in Baden, PA. My house on Prospect Street had rolling feeling around 1:50 pm.

  93. Amy says:

    felt it in Ligonier

  94. hotel says:

    felt it here, felt in thier it was an earthquake stupids

  95. Bob says:

    There were three mild tremors in Uniontown.

  96. Shannon Nutt says:

    I work in PPG Place…it was NOT evacuated…just a lot of wimps running out of the building. 🙂

  97. Sam says:

    Felt it in McKees Rocks. Knocked pictures off the wall.

  98. d,kriebel says:

    i felt the whole house shock it was crazy never felt anything like that before ! im in Rimersburg ,Pa

  99. Carolyn Friend Thomas says:

    i live in Markleysburg pa and we felt it here i was sitting at my computor and i told my daughter the house moved it was a strange feeling because i didnt know what it was!!!!

  100. Becks says:

    Felt it in McMurray, sitting at a traffic light. I thought I’d been rear-ended!!

  101. shay says:

    felt it at my work out by fox chapel… thought someone was shaking my chair and i turned around and no one was there so then i thought it was a ghost until my other co workers asked if anyone else felt it. glad it wasnt just me haha

  102. Jeff Reed says:

    I dropped my beer

  103. steve says:


  104. Krista says:

    It was felt in Franklin, PA!!

  105. Molly says:

    Felt in Robinson/Crafton area. Monitors were shaking, ceiling tiles were shaking.. I was getting dizzy (more than usual) and actually thought someone was behind me messing with my chair… I’m glad I experienced it living in Pittsburgh considering I never thought I would!

  106. mike says:

    Big deal, everybody felt it everywhere along the eastern U.S. SO WHAT S W S F W

  107. dave says:


  108. eliz says:

    Felt it at P.F. Changs in Settler’s Ridge

  109. Marty Griffin says:

    Rocks fel out of the sky floods were drowning people but The Original O has ppower today so not everyone is doomed

  110. Greg says:

    your now experiencing what it’s like to live in Southern California,constant street closeures due to filming,a rock slide,and a moderate earthquake….Now all you need to is traffic on 10 lane frwy’s and $800,000.00 for a house that was built in the 50’s barely over 1200sq

  111. Rick Boyd says:

    I felt about a 5-7 second tremor in Oak Hill WV. I called a neihbor who said they felt it also. I then turned on fox news to see that it happened in Va.

  112. David says:

    I was on the couch in the living room of my friend’s 1818 log cabin in Wexford. I first heard the front wall making a cracking sound and then felt the swaying motion. I immediately called my friend and at that moment I noticed the hardware by the fireplace swinging on its hooks and I knew right then that it was indeed an earthquake.

  113. Pittsburgh gal says:

    Yeah, I didn’t feel anything maybe because I was on a bus. This happened back int he late 70s here or was it the early 80s I was living in East Liberty and a paitning of mine fell off the mantlepiece….didn’t feel it then either.

  114. Lou Grant says:

    This is just the kind of thing that proves there is no reason what so ever to have local news…………..if it wasn’t for the earthquake…..the world would be coming to an end because a rock fell down the hill on route 28…..go back to Judge Judy people nothing happened today, Batman is done

  115. Mike D says:

    I’m sure the ground shook in Avella, PA since everyone around us reported feeling it, but I didn’t notice. @pittsburghgal, I remember one in the mid 80’s (maybe 85-86??) around Erie that we felt down here. I was in the 6th grade, missed that one too, teacher told us things shook, but we were so rowdy we didn’t even notice…

  116. Phyllis Gallagher says:

    Ya can’t appreciate such natural phenomenon until you experience it !
    My first one was in Coronado, CA. (San Diego) Sounded like a sonic boom and shook the hole house like somebody slammed all the doors at once. Here in western PA most of us are sitting on/in a thick layer of clay.
    When hydrated clay shakes like jello, it ain’t such a good thing.
    Mother Nature ALWAYS has the last word.

  117. ummm ok says:

    Talk about sensationalizing… Kdka lists somone’s books falling off of a shelf under “reports of damage in the Pgh area”?!?! I only come here for the comedic relief. Thanks KDKA!

  118. genebene says:

    never felt a thing in finleyville—dont know what all the hoopla is about

  119. megan says:

    didnt feel a thing in Brookline(but some people did). thats all that was on facebook was that there was just an earthquake. heart and prayers go out to those in Virginia and anyone else affected by the earthquake.

  120. plk says:

    I was mowing the lawn. Stopped for a minute and was walking in to take a break. I just thought I was tired out. I kind of swayed to one side like I was gonna fall. If there were more tremors, I probably just thought it was the mower shaking! I live in Chippewa Pa. I would’ve never thought an earth quake until reading it now! And my kids didn’t say anything. S\o it must not have been that bad here?

  121. Stush says:

    I didn’t feel a thing I had 12 beers in me by noon

  122. Amanda Bure says:

    Apparently all my co workers felt it here in Natrona Heights, Pa but of course I’m outside doing carts in a grocery store parking lot at work and didn’t feel a damn thing lol….Have yet to hear from my husband who is a coal miner, he was at work when it happened and since he’s like five hundred feet under the ground I’m sure he would have felt it more than any of us above grounders did.

  123. Chad says:

    Felt it in Vandergrift, PA too. Our house rocked back and forth for about 20 seconds. Felt like being on a boat on waves. My chandelier actually swang 2 inches back and fourth till I stopped it.

  124. chevelle64 says:

    i am still dizzy

  125. SA says:

    Not Bad – Pitt Rocked

  126. Sammy says:

    This was God’s way of telling the politicians in Washington, DC that He is still in charge!

  127. R. McCoy says:

    Myself and my Wife live here in California,Pa. and she was visiting friends in the Liberty Towers and she felt tremors on the 5th floor in which is where we both reside. The bottom part of the Liberty Towers was rumbled very so lightly but with no structural damage. We are approxiametly 30 miles SW of Pittsburgh,Pa. along the Mon River.

  128. Ellen Carlin says:

    I was sitting in my daughter’s house in Bethel Park at 1:56pm. I felt the house shake and it even groaned a bit. She was one floor above me and immediately yelled, “earthquake”. I thought there must be some other explanation. Perhaps a blast of wind had struck the house. I said to myself, “that darned weatherman didn’t tell us there was going to be high winds this afternoon”. Then she called me upstairs to see an email from her employer that was posted at 1:58, it said that there had been an earthquake. She said, “I told you, I knew it”. I guess I owe Kevin Benson an apology.

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