Updated: Earthquake felt in Fredericton, buildings evacuated

People stand outside evacuated buildings in downtown Fredericton. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Lacroix)

An earthquake that struck near Richmond, Virginia with a magnitude of 5.8 was felt in Fredericton at approximately 2:52 p.m.

Several multistory buildings were evacuated downtown.

New Brunswick Education Minister Jody Carr tweeted “Felt building sway at Education Department on King St. Wow. All evacuated.”

CTV Atlantic tweeted a photo of a crowd outside the Centennial Building.

“Earthquake in Fredericton we are all evacuated from building,” wrote Philippe Blanchette.

Brent Staeben tweeted “Holy crap. Did we just have an earthquake? Buildings on king anf queen evacuated!”

Twitter user restey11 said they felt the quake “YES! I felt a little sway, much like being on a boat! It was around the same time the reports were coming from the US!”

Fredericton mayor Brad Woodside said no damage has been reported.

Others further uptown, however, said they didn’t feel anything.

“Apparently it was felt in Fredericton. We at @thebeltongroup on Regent St. didn’t feel anything,” tweeted Jason Cassidy.

The quake was reportedly felt all along the east coast.

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  • Corey Hollett

    I felt a little vibration on the second floor of the the Stan Cassidy Center beside the Hospital. A few people were walking by, so I assumed they were the cause.

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