Obama gets briefing on East Coast quake in Martha's Vineyard

President Obama held a conference call with top administration officials shortly after an earthquake Tuesday, according to the White House. Early Tuesday afternoon, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast.

In a news release, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama met with a number of administration officials.

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“At 2:50 p.m. EDT this afternoon, the President led a conference call with [Homeland Security] Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards with the Department of Interior Dr. David Applegate, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Heidi Avery, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough to discuss the earthquake and status of critical infrastructure, Earnest said in the release.

According to immediate reports, there was no major structural damage. Obama asked to be regularly updated on the aftermath of the earthquake.


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