NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday’s earthquake that rattled Washington D.C. and snaked its way up the East Coast forced the evacuation of City Hall.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his staff were rushed outside by police security until they could make sure the building was safe, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
There was a spike in calls to 911 and 311 and a handful of reports of damaged buildings, but Bloomberg said the earthquake did not damage the city’s transportation system or water supply system.
Nevertheless, the city is inspecting bridges, tunnels, dams and buildings to make sure there are no cracks. The mayor also talked about his own experience when the earthquake hit.
“I remember feeling my right elbow was leaned against something and there was a vibration and the vibration kept getting bigger and people started to say ‘hey, what’s going on?’ And then you could feel it and it got substantial. By the time we got up and everybody calmly walked towards the door I think the vibration, in all fairness, had stopped by that time, but everybody walked outside and we contacted everybody,” Bloomberg said.
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state initiated a comprehensive review of critical and sensitive infrastructure, including the state’s hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, including Indian Point.
He said reports from agencies all over the state showed no damage or power outages anywhere.
Over at Indian Point in Buchanan, there are no earthquake-related issues.
A spokesman told CBS 2’s Wendy Gillette seismic monitor alarms “did not” go off when the quake hit. Some vibrations were felt but the plant never shut down.
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