Saturday, September 15, 2012
Earthquake's epicenter near Carroll/Frederick line.
An earthquake centered just outside of Westminster hit Maryland at about 5:50 a.m. Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of the 2.1 magnitude quake was three miles from Linganore; 11 miles from Westminster; and 13 miles from Eldersburg. On July 16, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck Maryland about 10 miles northwest of Rockville, according to the USGS. In August of last year, Carroll County residents felt the effects of an earthquake centered in Virginia. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was the largest recorded in Virginia since 1897, according to the USGS. For more up-to-date news about Westminster and Carroll County, sign up for the Westminster Patch newsletter.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Federal and state officials launch campaign to jolt participation in earthquake-readiness drill.
It struck just before 2 p.m., upending an otherwise calm August afternoon with a subterranean spasm of tectonic plates clashing four miles beneath the earth’s surface. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake of Aug. 23, 2011, lasted more than 30 seconds and radiated thousands of miles from its epicenter beneath Louisa County, VA, according to the U.S. Geological Survey—felt by as much as one-third of the country, from Florida to New England and west nearly to the Mississippi River. The East Coast’s strongest temblor in more than a century jolted millions of earthquake-uninitiated up and down the eastern seaboard—unnerving some, amusing others, and wreaking upwards of $300 million damage. Louisa County, VA, took a $75 million hit. One hundred miles …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Prince George's County Public Schools officials have decided that some schools need further safety assessments after Tuesday's quake.
Prince George’s County Public Schools were closed Wednesday while buildings were inspected for structural damage and safety after Tuesday afternoon’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake. In a statement just released, school officials indicated that 32 schools will remain closed on Thursday while structural assessments continue. Here are the schools in Patch coverage areas that will be closed tomorrow:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Officials will assess damage to buildings following earthquake.
Prince George’s County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday as officials inspect buildings for damage following Tuesday's earthquake. Twelve-month employees should report to work as usual. Thirty-seven public schools were damaged in the quake, according to the county's Emergency Operations Center, but no serious injuries were reported in the county. County government buildings will be open and operating as usual unless otherwise announced.
Prince George's County Schools evacuated after 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
5:30 P.M. UPDATE: Prince George's County officials are reporting the following after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the region earlier today: 3:45 P.M. UPDATE: Service at all MARC Train stations have been suspended. 3:40 P.M. UPDATE: Police and school officials are on scene at Northwestern High School as students in full uniform remain outside after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the region Tuesday. Officers from the Hyattsville City Police and University Park Police are helping traffic along Adelphi Road and helping parents coming early to pick up students find parking. Many students are finding comfort in the shade. Several parents said that although they weren't called by school officials to pick up students, they decided to come …