By Bob Weaver

AUGUST 2011 - A 5.8 magnitude quake centered in Virginia about 2 p.m. has rocked the East Coast, including most of West Virginia.

The tremors from the quake in Washington DC caused the evacuation of federal buildings, including the Washington Monument.

Calhoun Sheriff Allen Parsons said the quake was felt in the county courthouse, and some workers left the building.

"I came into my office and the computer was shaking, and the floor was shaking," Parsons said.

Calhoun's 911 Center said they had received calls regarding residents feeling the effects of the quake.

The Herald has received numerous reports from around the county regarding individuals experiencing the shock.

They reported floors and roofs shaking, buildings creaking, lamps swinging, and the effects of movement standing on hard surfaces.

It was the largest quake to hit Virginia since 1897, the epicenter this time near Louisa, VA, the Richmond area.

Some office buildings in Charleston have been evacuated.

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