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Westporters Feel Virginia Earthquake

WESTPORT, Conn. – It didn't last more than 10 seconds, but Westport resident Jordan Kranz said he felt the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Mineral, Va., on Tuesday afternoon.

"I felt the ground shake, and I knew something was happening," said the incoming Staples High School senior, who was at the library at the time. "It was really minor. I didn't feel like I was in danger."

Kranz was not the only one to feel the quake. Sandra Lundgren, communications specialist at the library, said she was sitting at her desk on the third floor of the library when she also felt her chair move.

At first, Lundgren said she didn't know it was an earthquake. But after feeling three separate sets of movements, she knew what it was—she'd felt a minor earthquake in Illinois while in college. "It definitely got my attention because I felt it three times," she said. "The first time I felt my chair move, I didn't know if was just me. The second time, it got my attention. The third time, I thought, 'What's going on?' and knew it was an earthquake."

Lundgren described the movements as rolling, especially the third. Although she felt the movements, she said she didn't hear anything.

Unlike Lundgren, Sarah Tunney, manager of the library café, said she didn't feel it. Nor did resident Mollie Chandler, who said she was at the Compo Beach playground with her 5-year-old son Malcom.

"I didn't know about it until my husband called and told me he felt an earthquake," said Chandler, whose husband works in Norwalk. "I guess it's good that I didn't feel it."

Amazingly, Anthony Williams, store manager of Klaff's lighting on Post Road East, said he didn't feel or see anything. And the shop is filled with lamps, both tabletop and hanging. "Nothing moved and in here, I definitely would have noticed an earthquake," Williams said.

Capt. Sam Arciola of the Westport Police Department said the department received some calls about the earthquake, but no damage or injuries were reported.

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