A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia at 1:51 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter is located at 37.875°N, 77.908°W at a depth of 3.7 kilometers — nine miles outside of Mineral, Va. and 34 miles outside of Richmond, Va.
Witnesses report feeling the quake in Blacksburg and Washington, D.C.
Students evacuated from Newman Library after someone pulled a fire alarm in response to the earthquake.
"I thought someone was shaking my chair, but then I realized there was no one behing me," said Julia Delgaudio. "A minute later, the fire alarm went off. People were telling everyone outside to stay away from the building — it was intense."
VT Alerts sent a message at 2:17 p.m. telling students to remain calm and call 540-231-4300 to report significant damage. The university, however, remains open and classes will continue as scheduled, according to VT News.