Georgetown evacuates after VA earthquake

The quake sparked an evacuation.Georgetown Law today warned its students and staff to evacuate all campus buildings in the wake of a 5.8 earthquake. The earthquake, which originated in Virginia, was felt as far away as DC and New York, according to national media reports.

“We have just experienced a 5.8 earthquake,” Director of Public Safety Edward Piper said in a mass-email to the Law Center community. “All buildings have been evacuated. People standing outside should stay away from the buildings in case of additional tremors and falling debris. More information will be provided as soon as possible.”

A text message alert from Georgetown University read, “Earthquake confirmed for area includes Georgetown University. Stay out of buildings and in open areas until further notice.”

The U.S. Geological Survey has reportedly said to expect afterhocks.