Magnitude 5.8 quake felt in Metro Atlanta

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Seismograph reading from Tellus Science Museum.

Top Things to Do During an Earthquake (from FEMA)

-Drop and take cover under a table or furniture
-Stay away from anything that could fall (glass, windows, fixtures)
-If you are in bed, STAY THERE (protect head with pillow)
-Use a doorway for shelter if close
-Stay inside until shaking stops
-Avoid elevators

-Move away from buildings, streetlights, wires
-Greatest danger exists directly outside buildings from falling debris

In a Vehicle
-Stop vehicle quickly and safely
-Avoid stopping near/under buildings

If Trapped
-Don’t shout
-Stay still to avoid kicking dust
-Tap on a pipe or wall to alert rescuers- DON’T SHOUT (it may cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust) 

ATLANTA -- The Washington Monument and Washington, D.C. schools remain closed Wednesday following Tuesday's rare magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

PHOTO GALLERY: D.C. earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered in Mineral, Va., but more than 12 million people could feel it shaking. Reports came in from as far north as Toronto, as far west as Detroit, and as far south as Metro Atlanta.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Did you feel the earthquake?

Only minor injuries were reported.

However, as a precaution, parts of the Pentagon, the White House and the U.S. Capitol were evacuated after the quake hit at 1:51 p.m. All the monuments and memorials were closed along the National Mall.

Most of them have reopened, including the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. However, the Washington Monument will remain closed indefinitely after the discovery of cracks near the top.

Earlier reports putting Tuesday's quake's magnitude at a 5.9 were revised downward to a 5.8.

It came one day after another rare earthquake shook parts of southern Colorado.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency said shaking from Tuesday's quake was felt in parts of Barrow, Chatham, Fayette, Fannin, Fulton, Glascock, Hall, Heard, Gwinnett, McDuffie, Muscogee, Troup, Rabun and Spalding. 11Alive News has received other reports from across North Georgia including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Henry, Clayton and other counties.

According to the Tellus Science Museum, the largest earthquake in Georgia's history was centered near the Clarks Hill Reservoir in 1974. That quake was a magnitude 4. The most recent quake before Tuesday was a mag 2.6 back in May.

The biggest quake on the East Coast was a 7.3 centered in Charleston in 1886, and that one is dwarfed by the legendary New Madrid Earthquakes in Missouri in late 1811 and early 1812, which topped out at a magnitude 8.1.

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