Public asked to limit 911 calls for emergencies only

There was a 5.8 earthquake in Virginia, which was felt in the Philadelphia region. Currently 911 is inundated with phone calls regarding the tremor. No reports of damage at this time in Philadelphia. Land lines are taxed and cell phone towers are on overload.

The Philadelphia Police Department is asking the public to refrain from calling 9-1-1 unless there is a true emergency.

SEPTA is reporting delays on several of its Regional Rail lines due to the earthquake. The Chestnut Hill West line is experiencing a delay between 30-45 minutes.

RRD: Chestnut Hill West trains #835 and #846 operating between Center City and Chestnut Hill West are canceled.

Philadelphia International Airport was temporarily closed but has now reopened and ready to assist with New York area diversions if necessary.

A Temple University professor has told NewsWorks that Philadelphia experienced tremors that would be the equivalent of a 4.0 earthquake.

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