Earthquake shakes east coast, Capital District

— County employees weren't out for too long, because after a building inspection revealed no structural damage the workers returned. Also, no damage has been found at any Schenectady County government buildings, said McQueen.

"At least for county owned buildings there are no issues," said McQueen. "Our public works and facilities people have been checking and looking at all of the buildings."

The quake was felt in Ballston Spa and Clifton Park, according to tweets from locals on Twitter. Saratoga County DPW Commissioner Joseph C. Ritchey, however, said he had not received any reports of earthquake-related damage, water main breaks or other incidents.

There appears to be no "major damage" throughout the east coast, according to Rachel Racusen, spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Racusen did urge the public to refrain from making cell phone calls due to overwhelming usage following the quake.

"Due to overload of cell phone usage, there are reports of cell phone congestion. We request that members of the public use email or text messages if possible to communicate for the next few hours, except in cases of emergency, so that emergency officials can continue to receive and respond to urgent calls. We encourage everyone in the affected areas to listen to the direction of their local officials," said Racusen in a statement.

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