Fans attending the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners game received a quick scare this afternoon as shockwaves from an earthquake centered outside of Richmond, VA hit Progressive Field.
The effects of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake reached Cleveland and caused the stadium’s press box to sway. Fans in the upper deck level noticed the movement and couldn’t quite figure out what was going on.
“It went on for at least a minute,” said Betsy Hammond, who was attending the game with her husband, Tim, and their three children. “We were looking around and someone stood up and yelled, ‘Is that an earthquake?’ Then someone who works here came over and said they heard it on the radio.”
Though many fans made their way to the exits, the game was not suspended due to the earthquake and there was apparently no damage to the stadium.
The trembling was felt across the northeast around 2:00 this afternoon. The shockwaves of the earthquake could be felt from New Hampshire down to North Carolina. Buildings throughout the region were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but the only minor damage that resulted from the earthquake took place in Virginia.