NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – At WCBS Newsradio 880, we continue our countdown of the top 11 Tri-State Area news stories of 2011 and with number 4, and a rarity.

WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot With The Story

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On August 23 at 1:51 p.m. something happened in the New York City area that almost never happens.

“We just had an earthquake!” exclaimed one woman.

“Yeah, Pat [Farnack], I’m rushing in here because we just felt the whole building shake. We believe, we don’t know, it’s not confirmed. We believe that there is an earthquake. We don’t know how else to explain it. Alex Silverman, you’ve been looking on Twitter, what do you see?” said WCBS 880 anchor Wayne Cabot (who is not usually heard on the air until 3 p.m.).

“It appears tweets from as far south as Virginia, as far west as New Jersey. I’m seeing people are insisting that they have felt an earthquake,” replied WCBS 880 anchor/reporter Alex Silverman.

“Let me jump in, Alex, the Pentagon now being evacuated. We are just now told the Pentagon being evacuated,” said Cabot.

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“Down here at City Hall, they evacuated,” reported WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

It was a magnitude 5.8 earthquake at its epicenter way down in Virginia.

“My first thought is Dominique Strauss-Kahn walks and the earth shakes,” reported WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell.

Many scientists agree this area is due for a moderate quake, strong enough to damage buildings. This was not that.

WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 11 – Gov. Chris Christie
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 10 – Tour Bus Crashes
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 9 – Gay Marriage
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 8 – Leiby Kletzky
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 7 – Occupy Wall Street
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 6 – 9/11 Plus 10
WCBS 880 Tri-State Top 11 Of 2011: No. 5 – Tolls

WCBS 880 continues the countdown with number 3 at 4:50 p.m. Stay tuned!

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