Thursday, August 25, 2011

Prince George's County: AfterQuake

32 Prince George's County schools remain closed today, Thursday, August 25th. Check WTOP for complete details.

Wednesday, I spent the day waiting for word from the Prince George's County  school system, and tracking the progress of the damage assessments at the schools and at an apartment complex and area condos. 

According to Prince George's County officials, as many as 225 families (judging by units evacuated) had to be relocated. The photos here show Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker as he briefed reporters and the Top of the Hill Apartments on Curtis Drive, where anxious families waited to see if they would have to head out to friends' homes or to a shelter for a second night in a row. 

Note the cracks in the seam along the top windows on the Top of the Hill Apartments. Residents described the force of the quake as terrifying. One woman said she the first sign of the quake was the shaking of the racks in her closet that made the clothing sway.

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