Dozens of patrons at the Panera in West Springfield hid under tables when on August 23, 2011.
One year ago today, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., was felt as far north as Boston and beyond, and as far south as Atlanta.
"I felt the floor shaking, then I heard a crack and I thought the ceiling was going to come down," said Erin Gilbert, a teacher eating in the Panera in West Springfield.
"I felt the floor rumbling like the Metro was going underneath and I said, 'Get under the table!'" said Erin's friend, Sue.
The worst damage in the D.C. metro area occurred at the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. The Washington Monument is still closed to tourists, due to cracks in the structure resulting from the quake. It is expected to reopen in 2014, following an estimate $15 million in repairs.
The Washington National Cathedral suffered damage in the millions of dollars.
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