VIDEO: White House, Capitol As Earthquake Hits

Aug 23, 2011
Originally published on August 23, 2011 5:18 pm

The AP has just provided this video of the White House and the Capitol as the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast. Make sure you watch the roof closely as the security detail reacts to the rumbling:

Update at 4:17 p.m. ET. Earthquake Interrupts DSK Press Conference:

Here's another video of the earthquake interrupting a press conference with Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyer:

Update at 5:06 p.m. ET. The Scene After The Earthquake:

As we noted in our earlier post, earthquakes in this part of the country are rare. So the reaction was likely a few shades more dramatic than if an earthquake of this magnitude hit the San Francisco Bay area.

This video pretty much captures the scene that played out across downtown Washington, D.C. Lots of office drones driven out of their cubes, onto the streets confused and shaken:

And this video from the Washington Post talks through what people were feeling when their buildings started swaying:

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