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5 Years Since Magnitude 5.8 Virginia Earthquake Rocked East Coast

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Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.8 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capital. (Photo: AP) Office workers gather on the sidewalk in downtown Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, moments after a 5.8 magnitude tremor shook the nation's capital. (Photo: AP)
One of the spires, left, of the National Cathedral is seen missing following an earthquake in the Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (Photo: AP) One of the spires, left, of the National Cathedral is seen missing following an earthquake in the Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (Photo: AP)
A map shows the wide reach of the 2011 Virginia earthquake. (Credit: USGS) A map shows the wide reach of the 2011 Virginia earthquake. (Credit: USGS)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC)- It's been five years since a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia and rocked much of the East Coast.
    
Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 quake, which was centered near Mineral, Virginia, or about 80 miles southwest of Washington.
    
No one died in the quake, which struck at 1:51 p.m. that day, but the tumbler did extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral and the Washington Monument.
    
Repairs to the Washington Monument cost $15 million and kept the monument closed for nearly three years.
    
The quake caused $34 million in damage to the National Cathedral, and repairs are still being made. Head stone mason Joe Alonso says after five years only 13 percent of the work has been completed. The cathedral still needs $22 million to finish the work. They hope to complete the work in 10 years.

Experts estimate one third of the U.S. population felt the earthquake, more than any other quake in American history. The quake also shook up social media; people all up and down the East Coast took to Twitter when it happened, wondering if what they felt was actually an earthquake. 

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