Virginia earthquake shakes Ohio

Aug 24, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans across the state felt an earthquake centered in Virginia as office buildings swayed near the Statehouse and the press box shook at a Cleveland Indians game.

Some buildings were evacuated briefly Tuesday but no damages or injuries were immediately reported. Tremors were felt in the state's Appalachian region and stretched as far west as Dayton and north to Lake Erie.

In Cincinnati, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center along the Ohio River was briefly evacuated. In downtown Columbus, office workers were evacuated from a 13-story building, with some on the upper floors reporting windows popping and ceiling tiles cracking.

At Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Indians and Seattle Mariners were in the first game of a double header when the quake caused the press box to rock, and some fans headed toward the exits.