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Pelham Reacts to Virginia Earthquake

PELHAM, N.Y. – The earthquake of 5.9 magnitude that struck in Virginia today was felt hundreds of miles away in Westchester. Some people in Pelham felt the ground shake during the quake just before 2 p.m.

Ashlin Cooke, owner of the Pelham Pet Shop, said she was in her store when the earthquake happened, but she did not know the reason for the shaking at the time.

"I felt the building moving and I saw things shaking in the store," Cooke said. "It was really a sight."

Cooke said that the shaking was so weak that the thought of an earthquake never entered her mind.

"It was so minor that initially I thought it was the vibration from a truck," Cooke said. "I certainly didn't think it was an earthquake, that's for sure."

The pet shop owner also said that the birds in her store made quite a bit of noise during the shaking.

One Pelham resident took to Facebook to talk about the earthquake. Reader Nelly Mendez wrote , "Not at all," on The Daily Pelham 's Facebook page when asked if she felt the ground move.

Susan Saas, who works at the M.A.D. Café on Wolfs Lane, was in the basement when the earthquake hit. She did not feel the earthquake itself, but she received a text message from her boyfriend when she came upstairs that informed her of it.

"It was like disbelief," Saas said. "Within five minutes the radio just gave a report."

Where were you when the earthquake hit? Did you feel the shaking? Comment below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter @DailyPelham .

Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at ameola@thedailypelham.com .

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