August 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized

New Haven shakes as earthquake hits East Coast

The 5.8 earthquake that hit Virginia did not go unnoticed in New Haven, where we’re hearing buildings swayed for about three seconds.

Update: 2:07 p.m.

Yikes. Just upgraded to 5.9 magnitude.

Update: 6:37 p.m.

Yale and New Haven have both responded with emergency alerts. Mayor John DeStefano announced the city would open an Emergency Operations Center to address earthquake-related structural and utility issues, while the University sent out e-mail alerts and called students’ cell phones about half an hour after the quake hit. Read Yale’s e-mail below:

This is a Yale Alert message, today is August 23, 2011 at 2:15. An earthquake in Virginia has been felt in New Haven. Several building were evacuated as a precaution. Information will be updated at www.yale.edu/secretary/emergency as it becomes available.