Earthquake in Washington damage report

Yesterday at around 1PM, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, jolting Georgia to northern New England. The aftermath may... More Below... Posted by on Aug 24th, 2011 and filed under News, US.

Yesterday at around 1PM, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, jolting Georgia to northern New England.

The aftermath may not be too devastating, but the effects is alarming enough to evacuate 500 residents of two Prince George County apartment buildings and damaging  74  schools at Fairfax County.

Chunks of concrete broken off from walls have been reported, and in Prince George, a shelter was put up for the hundreds of residents.

Upon inspection, the National Park Service found cracks in the stones atop the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument.

Small cracks like these on building walls and homes are not to be taken lightly. More importantly, gas leaks for broken and cracked pipes pose a more immediate danger.

Utility companies are urging residents to leave their home at the scent of gas, then call 911.  They are also urged to inspect and assess for cracks in drywalls, shifting foundations and leaks in water pipes.