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5.9 Earthquake Rocks East Coast, Geno's Founder Joey Vento Dies, and Hurricane Irene Strengthens

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The Omelette Wednesday August 24, 2011

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Centered in Virginia Rocks the East Coast

The strongest earthquake in over 60 years rocked the entire east coast yesterday shortly before 2:00 P.M. yesterday. The earthquake was centered in a small town in Virginia and could be felt up and down the east coast.

From Philadelphia and Boston to North Carolina, the effect of the quake could be felt. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported and only minor damage ocurred throughout the east coast including at a hospital in Camden.

Geno's Steaks Founder Joey Vento Dies

Joey Vento, the founder of the famous Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia passed away last night from a massive heart attack.

Vento was often a controversial figure due to his "english only" stance, but he was a good man. Vento supported the Philadelphia Police Department and was very well known for supporting the family of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Mr. Vento was 71-years-old.

Hurricane Irene Strenghens...Could Hit Philly Area on Saturday Night

Although it's still too early to tell just how strong Hurricane Irene will be when it hits the Philadelphia area, it's all but certain the track of this Category 3 Hurricane will take it into the Philly-Jersey area sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Right now, the hurricane is strengthening over the Bahamas. And, it could make landfall in the U.S. on Friday as a Category 4 Hurricane.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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