NEW YORK Aug 23 Tremors shook New York City
office buildings on Tuesday, prompting evacuations of
courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade
Center construction site, officials and witnesses said.
It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or
injuries in the city, but fire department and police officials
in Dutchess County, New York, reported structural damage to
Trade went uninterrupted on the New York Stock Exchange,
the NYSE said.
A spokesman for the city transit agency said the quake was
felt but declined immediate comment on whether the subway
system was affected.
Control towers at John F. Kennedy airport and Newark
Liberty Airport in New Jersey were also evacuated.
Christina Summers, a young mother who lives in New York
City's Greenwich Village, said she thought the shaking was
caused by construction in a neighboring apartment.
"Holy cow! My couch was wiggling like those beds you put a
quarter in," Summers said.
People working in skyscrapers in Manhattan, including the
United Nations headquarters, said they felt their buildings
sway at about 1:52 p.m. on Tuesday.
The tremors struck as Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus
Vance had just started a news conference to explain why his
office had decided to drop criminal sexual assault charges
against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The news
conference was halted and state and federal buildings in lower
Manhattan were evacuated as a precaution.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Grant McCool)