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Bemidji Pioneer
Earthquake strikes eastern cities
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WASHINGTON - Several news agencies are reporting an earthquake has struck the nation's capitol.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.


In Cleveland, shock waves from the quake made the press box sway slightly during the first game of a doubleheader between the Indians and Seattle Mariners.

As the Mariners were batting in the fourth inning Tuesday, the press box high above home plate and the third-base line moved left and right and continued for nearly 30 seconds. Fans at Progressive Field did not seem to notice any unusual movement. Play was not interrupted on the field.

The Indians had no immediate word if there was any structural damage.

In New Haven, Conn., play was stopped and the venue evacuated at the New Haven Open in Connecticut on Tuesday after the earthquake shook the stadium on the Yale campus.

The stadium was evacuated during the third game of a match between Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Elena Vesnina of Russia. The stadium began shaking, and water bottles sloshed back and forth. Spectators felt three waves of shaking, and the umpire halted play.

New Haven police and fire officials were checking the structure for damage as fans stood outside.

Pioneer staff reports