by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 24, 2011

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast yesterday afternoon, sending the Washington, D.C., transportation hub into chaos, according to the Washington Post. Following the quake, the Metro embarked upon a systemwide track inspection that was expected to last into the evening, during which trains were operating at 15 mph as a precaution. An Amtrak statement said trains running from Baltimore to Boston had resumed normal speeds, while trains running from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., and points south were operating at reduced speeds as the infrastructure inspections continued. Delays were expected to continue through Tuesday evening. Flights from Baltimore/Washington International, Washington Dulles and Reagan National airports were running normally, although the Post reported that many travelers had evacuated following the quake. No damage to area hotels or meeting facilities had been reported.