“The building started to sway, kind of like it does when we have really strong winds here,” Carney said.
Tremors were felt by many on the upper floors of a high-rise office building located by the state Capitol in Lansing, while the quake went unnoticed by many outside or in other buildings closer to the ground.
“I was just doing my work, and I realized my computer monitor was shaking,” said Carolynne Bohnhoff, an executive assistant with Truscott Rossman, a public relations firm headquartered in a downtown Lansing office tower. “The mirror on my wall was shaking. Then I stood up and I literally saw my cubicle wall shaking.”
Rumblings also were felt closer to the ground.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon temporarily evacuated a low-rise building in downtown Detroit due to shaking.
“The aftershock was felt” about 2:15 p.m. by some people at a building on Temple, which houses county children and family services, Napoleon said. “They felt the tremors and we evacuated it for a short time. It was done as a precaution.”
Ford Motor Co. overnight shift electrician Milan Lorin was at home in Algonac, about 30 miles east-northeast of Detroit, when the quake hit.
“I’m laying there falling asleep when all of a sudden I’m feeling a shaking,” said Lorin, 60. “It’s just like somebody shaking the foot of the bed to wake you up.”
After getting up, Lorin said he went downstairs where his daughter Simone confirmed that it wasn’t just his imagination.
“She thought it was a big truck going by,” Lorin said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep and centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Charleston, S.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated.
A District of Columbia fire department spokesman said there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths.
Associated Press writers Tom Krisher, David N. Goodman and Corey Williams in Detroit, and Tim Martin in Lansing contributed to this report.
To see a video of a geologist explaining on WZZM-TV why West Michigan felt the quake, click here.