3.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Maryland

Head Barack Obama told the media Friday he did not feel the earthquake that upset parts of suburban Washington early in the morning. The uncommon quake, which struck about 5 a.m., was centered about 20 miles northwest of the capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a scale of 3.6 -- fairly mild by earthquake principles but stronger than any other quake to shake the region in the past 35 years, the agency said.

Steve Dolce, a CNN technical manager, said his house in Germantown, Maryland, "vibrated slightly" for about 10 seconds.

"I looked out the window ... wondered if it was a plane or something, then I checked my BlackBerry and saw a dozen e-mails alerting the small quake," he added.

The quake was the first with a scale of more than 3 near Washington since 1974, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center.

"This is a significant event for the region," she said.

Concerning an hour after the quake, Vaughan said, more than 5,500 people had reported feeling it across Maryland, in nearby Washington, and in states including West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware.

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