DC Metrorail slows trains after earthquake

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The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake's epicenter 87 miles south of Washington, near Mineral, Va., and several Northeast cities with public transportation systems, including New York, Philadelphia and Boston, reported feeling the tremors.

At least one prominent former political official, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, said he was on an Amtrak train in the Northeast during the temblor.

Steele, who is also the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, said on his Twitter page he did not feel the quake while he was on the train.

"Interesting, didn't feel the earthquake riding Amtrak," he wrote. "I wonder if that means something?"

Amtrak said on its Twitter page that service between Baltimore and Washington was disrupted "with speed restrictions." 

The Maryland Transit Administration, which also operates trains between Baltimore and Washington, said that D.C.'s Union Station was evacuated and was suspending service until the station reopened.

The Virginia Railroad Express, which runs trains from Washington to the northern Virginia suburbs, said it was expected trains leaving from D.C. to be crowded Tuesday afternoon "because many offices have closed early."

This post was updated with new information at 3:47 p.m.