WOODBURY - Four friends from Lindenhurst have quite a story to share after experiencing yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake while on vacation in Washington, D.C.

Click "NEXT" to hear News 12 Long Island's Meteorologist Bill Korbel explain how the rare East Coast quake happened.

The Long Islanders say they were 500 feet in the air, at the top of the Washington Monument, when the landmark began to sway.

The Lindenhurst residents say they didn't know what was happening at the time, but made a quick escape to the ground.

Long Islanders still rattled by East Coast quake

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