While the U.S. Department of the Interior is prone to shake-ups of the political kind, the staff at the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program office headquartered in Reston, Virginia experienced a rare 3.6 earthquake that woke up many in the greater Washington, DC metro region at 5:04 am ET.
The quake itself, located across the Potomac River in the Rockville/Gaithersburg, Maryland area, was felt over a wide area yet appears to have not caused any damage to homes or buildings. Several residents in the region described shaking beds and a loud rumbling noise that many mistook as a nearby truck or plane.
Since earthquake tracking began in the DC area in 1974, the largest trembler to shake the region was a 2.7 magnitude in 1993.
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