Earthquake Shakes D.C. Region

A minor 3.6 earthquake rattled many residents out of bed shortly after 5 a.m. this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was located one mile north of Gaithersburg in Germantown, although the rumbling was felt from Frederick to Washington, D.C.

Gaithersburg City Councilman Michael Sesma said the earthquake woke him up.

“Thought at first it was a sonic boom or an unusually low jet in very humid air but then realized what it was,” said Sesma.

Gaithersburg resident Tom Rowse said he thought it was a train.

“I thought a train derailed or stopped quickly as I live next to the tracks,” he said on The Town Courier’s Facebook page. “I then went outside and no train. Wow!”

Ellen Rutt was awake when the quaking began.

“The bed shook and things rattled on the tables in our bedroom,” Rutt said.

Rockville resident Debi Rosen said the earthquake woke her up too.

“I thought there was an explosion close to our home,” she said. “I turned on the news sure to hear of some catastrophe … and heard it was an earthquake.”

So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

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