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After the Earthquake: Structural Safety Issues

posted Aug 23, 2011, 3:35 PM by L M
August 23, 2011
The east coast experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake at 1:50 p.m. today, August 23, 2011.  Initial reports from Arlington County personnel have indicated only minor damage.  However, we recommend the following:
  • If you smell gas, leave the building or area and call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Commercial structures:  If you have concerns regarding the safety of your building, please contact your building’s engineer, a structural engineer or licensed contractor.
  • Residential structures:  please survey your home for new cracks in brick facades and chimneys, foundation/basement walls and interior finishes around openings for windows and doors.  If you question your home’s structural stability, please contact a structural engineer or licensed contractor. 
  • If you think you have an unsafe condition, evacuate the building and call 703-558-2222.
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