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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 08/23/2011

D.C. earthquake aftermath: What happened when you arrived home?

(Damage at a Rite-Aid in Westover VillageAmy Gardner/The Washington Post)
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Washington region and elsewhere along the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon forced D.C.-area workers out of their buildings and into celebratory happy hours and hellish commutes.

National Cathedral sustained “significant damage,” according to a statement on its Web site, with three of the building’s four spires damaged and three capstones fallen. But apart from that, no major damage was reported at Washington institutions or landmarks. The White House quivered. Now, we’re curious to hear about what you saw after you arrived home.

This photo of a single toppled chair is making the rounds on the Internet, implying that the minimal damage is worthy of poking a little fun. (We’re awarding no points for creativity: The same photo was also sent around in July 2010 after a 3.6 magnitude quake shook Washington awake.)
(Rick Maese)

Others are cheekily posting photos on Facebook and Twitter about the damage they sustained in the quake. (See photo on left, snapped by the Post’s Rick Maese, as a case in point.)

But for some, the damage might be more serious. This footage from Tyson’s Corner, Va., was posted to YouTube by user pauldonovan08 this afternoon, and it has us wondering if reports of home damage are still to come:

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