Earthquake causes Conn. tennis stadium evacuation

August 23, 2011 02:31 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)--  Play was stopped and the venue evacuated at the New Haven Open in Connecticut on Tuesday after an earthquake that originated in Virginia shook the stadium on the Yale campus.

The stadium was evacuated during the third game of a match between Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Elena Vesnina of Russia. The stadium began shaking, and water bottles sloshed back and forth. Spectators felt three waves of shaking, and the umpire halted play.

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island.

The fire marshal later deemed the stadium structurally sound, and fans were expected to be let back in around 4 p.m. so play could resume.