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Maryland statehouse feels shake of earthquake

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland state employees have returned to the statehouse after an evacuation lasting roughly 30 minutes due to an earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va.

The statehouse was evacuated Tuesday after the building shook briefly.

Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, says staff in a meeting on the second floor thought something was falling off the building. She says the room she was meeting with other staffers was shaking.

Several staffers said they initially thought scaffolding around the statehouse dome, which is being repainted, had collapsed. One staffer hid under a desk, and others stood in a doorway before they left the building.

Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for O’Malley, says: “We really felt like it was going to come through the ceiling at any second.”

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