WOODBURY - Fire and police departments in both Nassau and Suffolk counties scrambled into action at their respective command centers today following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
There were no reports of damage or injuries from the quake in Virginia, which rattled its way up to Long Island.
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County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) held a news conference, commending officials on their readiness to jump into action without warning. He said Suffolk's Emergency Operations Center in Yaphank was prepared, and that its reverse 911 system successfully alerted residents about what had happened.
Officials say the incident was a good lesson for everyone on emergency preparedness, especially as Hurricane Irene makes its way toward the coast.