After the Earthquake: Structural Safety Issues

Post date: Aug 23, 2011 10:35:17 PM

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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