Earthquake felt during Indians game

Shock waves from an earthquake on the East Coast made the press

box sway slightly and sent some fans toward the exits during the

first game of a doubleheader between the Indians and Seattle


As the Mariners were batting in the fourth inning Tuesday, the

press box high above home plate and the third-base line moved left

and right and continued for nearly 30 seconds. Fans sitting in the

upper deck at Progressive Field noticed the unusual movement, and

weren’t sure what was happening.

”It went on for at least a minute,” said Betsy Hammond, who

was attending the game with her husband, Tim, and their three

children. ”We were looking around and someone stood up and yelled,

‘Is that an earthquake?’ Then someone who works here came over and

said they heard it on the radio.”

Play was not interrupted on the field. The Indians reported no

structural damage to the 43,000-seat ballpark.

The Hammonds were celebrating their son Liam’s 10-year-old

birthday with his first game – one he’ll never forget.

”My first thought was, ‘That’s weird, I can’t move this

seat,”’ Tim Hammond said. ”I thought it was the wind. I know the

stadium is made to move, but I didn’t know what was moving it. I

was thinking maybe they blew something up on that movie set. A lot

of people got up and were like ‘We’re out of here.”’

Filming for ”The Avengers” is taking place on East 9th Street

near the ballpark.

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond,

Va., shook much of Washington and was felt as far north as Rhode

Island and New York City.

”The odd thing was that it went on for a long time,” Betsy

Hammond said. ”Then, the longer it went on, the more I wondered

what was happening.”