Earthquake Briefly Disrupts D.C.-Based Networks

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A 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit near Washington, D.C. just before 2 p.m. and sent shock waves around the East Coast disrupted work at several D.C.-based networks Tuesday afternoon.

CNN temporarily evacuated its Washington bureau though staff have since been given the all-clear and returned inside. Wolf Blitzer remained in the studio to anchor the special breaking news report on the earthquake before heading outside to do "man-on-the-street" interviews with eyewitnesses. The Situation Room and John King, USA will air as usual from the studios inside Tuesday night.

The National Geographic Channels offices in Washington, DC were initially evacuated but employees have now returned to work. A spokesperson said the network will go forward with its planned screening of George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview at its headquarters Tuesday night.

Discovery's headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., were also evacuated and employees sent home for the day, according to a network spokesperson.