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Minor earthquake rattles the DC area

WASHINGTON (AP) - A minor earthquake shook residents awake in
the DC area early Friday.

The quake hit at 5:04 a.m. EDT and had a magnitude of 3.6.

The quake was centered in the Rockville, Md., area said Randy
Baldwin, a physicist with U.S. Geological Survey's National
Earthquake Information Center.

Police in Washington and in nearby Montgomery County, Md., said
there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

On the U.S. Geological Survey's website, people as far away as
Pennsylvania and West Virginia reported feeling the quake.

Lucille Baur, public information officer for the Montgomery
County Police Department, said the department received a lot of
calls from people wondering what had happened.

Baur said her husband woke up when the quake struck.

"At first he thought it was a big truck going through," she
said. "He felt the house shake and the windows rattle a little
bit."

Brett Snyder, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., said he was
awakened by the quake but said it wasn't a big deal.

"It happened very instantaneously and then off to a day's
work," Snyder said.

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