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Atlantic City emergency managers monitoring earthquake activity

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By VIRGINIA McCABE

Feeling a moderate or large earthquake is a rare event in southern New Jersey, but the Atlantic City Office of Emergency Preparedness was on the job from the moment the shaking began in this storied seaside resort.

Allyn Seel, deputy coordinator for the emergency management department said the 5.9 earthquake centered in Va., appeared to only cause one problem in Atlantic City.

"We had one stuck elevator in one of the casinos," said Seel. "We are prepared for some aftershocks this afternoon or maybe tonight."

Although communications up and down the east coast were overwhelmed by frantic callers, Atlantic City never lost contact with their police, fire fighters or emergency service responders.

"We had a lot of calls from residents wanting to know what happened," said Seel. "Communications comes under our department and we never lost contact with police, fire or ems."

Seel added that members of the staff are checking spots around the city for damage to older buildings and to check on residents. Seel said that no damage reports have come into the department.

"All is quiet on the eastern front," he said.

The quake was centered in Va., and felt as far away as N.Y., and Pa.

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