WASHINGTON, D.C. - A spokesman for the union representing air traffic controllers said airport towers were closed at John F. Kennedy and Newark airports due to an earthquake in Virginia.
Tim Hardison of the National Air Traffic Controllers Union also said Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland was closed to air traffic.
Laura Brown, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the agency issued orders to hold planes heading for Dulles International in Virginia, John F. Kennedy in New York and Philadelphia on the ground rather than let them take off.
Brown, who was evacuated from FAA's headquarters in downtown Washington, said in an email that she wasn't aware of equipment outages.
Authorities said Reagan National Airport in Northern Virginia near Washington, was operating.