At around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the aftershock of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Richmond, Va., about 200 miles away, rattled apartments in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens and the surrounding Brooklyn area, not to mention Manhattan. It was a scary moment for many as residents and office workers especially in the low-rise old buildings evacuated quickly.
There seemed to be two waves of floor-and-wall-rumbling, felt significantly in some buildings. Folks all over the city ran down to the sidewalk and looked around like, “What was that?,” sharing the freak experience of standing in a tremor. A neighbor at Court and Warren Street said her walls and couch were shaking, and her mirror swung back and forth.
It was nothing though compared to what happened in Virginia when the quake hit. The Pentagon shook and The White House was evacuated.