Virginia Primary Election Polling Location Evacuated Following Quake
Voting has resumed. No injuries reported.
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Alexandria area shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.
Primary election polling at the Oswald Durant Center in Old Town Alexandria was immediately suspended as poll workers and two voters (including this Patch local editor) evacuated the building. No one was injured.
As of about 2:30 p.m., the Durant Center was back in action and taking voters, according to poll location chief Judy Gyllensvaan. Six voters have cast ballots since reopening.
For an update on the primary election, go to our 30th district live blog.
About 40 employees at Transportation Federal Credit Union across from the Durant Center also evacuated on to Cameron Street after they felt the quake, according to Kathy Dalfrey, executive Vice President.
"The building just started shaking, and at first we thought there was somebody on the roof," Dalfrey said. "It just got stronger and stronger, and I think everybody just kind of realized it at the same time that it was an earthquake."