08/23/2011 06:07 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2011

D.C. Residents React To 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON - Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake sent thousands of people into the streets of downtown Washington, D.C., where employees from an array of government agencies and chain restaurants stood together along the sidewalks for more than an hour as their buildings were being cleared for re-entry.

The Huffington Post caught up with several bystanders and asked about their experience in the earthquake, which reverberated up the East Coast as far north as New England, and initially had some D.C. residents worried that the intense shaking was an attack on the nearby White House.