(UPDATED) A large earthquake has hit central Virginia and the D.C. area and was felt throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Damage and injuries are not yet fully known.
"According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest recorded earthquake in Virginia history was a 5.9 on the scale, centered around Giles County in 1897.
The air tower at Richmond International Airport was briefly evacuated and there are reports that many downtown Richmond buildings were evacuated following the quake.
We've had reports of trouble connecting cell phone calls and we are working on information about possible power outages.
If there are aftershocks, please check this advice from FEMA."
In the meantime, let us pray for those in danger, those rushing to help and all those trying to reach loved ones.
UPDATE: We're hearing reports at the Café that there has been some possibly significant damage to the spires at the National Cathedral, but no one is believed to have been hurt. More info here.
Here's a link to a picture that shows some of the damage to the finials of the central tower of the Cathedral.