posted Aug 23, 2011, 3:35 PM by Lilly Mancilla
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.