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Aftershocks from Virginia earthquake felt locally

— People from North Carolina to Maine felt the ground shake Tuesday afternoon following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

The quake was felt here in the North Country and across northern New York, and scientists with the United States Geological Survey predicted that aftershocks would be felt sometime Wednesday.

They were right.

Janet Lester lives in Onchiota. She was sitting at the dining room table with her husband when she heard a low rumble.

“A chair started to sort of shake and vibrate a little bit,” Lester told WNBZ. “So my husband went outside to check to make sure it wasn’t a low-flying plane.”

The USGS says at least four aftershocks occurred following Tuesday’s quake, ranging in magnitude from 2.2 to 4.2 – and more are likely, experts say.

The damage from this week’s earthquake was minimal – although parks officials in Washington, D.C. were forced to close the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, both of which were damaged.

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