Press Club

Look Back: One Year After the Earthquake

Exactly one year ago, at 1:51 p.m. on August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Virginia and the D.C. area, a wholly unexpected jolt that sent residents and workers scurrying into the streets.

Damage from the earthquake was relatively minor. Loose items fell from store shelves. Some brick structures like chimneys were damaged. Walls cracked at historic Arlington House. The foundation at Arlington Fire Station No. 2 was damaged. The Thomas Jefferson Theater had to be closed for repairs.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, cell phone service was overloaded by people calling loved ones. Numerous gas leaks are being reported and hundreds of Dominion customers in Arlington lost power. This website crashed and remained only periodically reachable for at least an hour. Office buildings closed for damage assessments, and highways were jammed with workers heading  home early.

If there were some bright spots, it was that no significant injuries were reported, and the day’s Democratic primary went off without a hitch.

After the jump, some videos that were taken in Arlington during and after the earthquake.


 

 

 

Recent Stories

Tour the small tight-knit community of Dover Crystal in the latest Neighborhood Spotlight.

Learn more about the certificate and graduate programs at the Schar School during the Virtual Open House June 8.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Arlington. We hope you’re able to get some rest and reflection in after this long week. Once we push past some rain this evening, it’s looking…

The Armed Forces Cycling Classic, a series of races around Clarendon and Crystal City, is set to take place the first weekend of June. The Cycling Classic will be held…

×

Subscribe to our mailing list