Experts: Chances for local aftershocks from Tuesday's quake are slim
Area experienced little structural damage
Bricks fell from a chimney to the sidewalk along Washington Street at West Side Avenue Tuesday. Effects of an earthquake in central Virginia are believed to have toppled the chimney at the West Side Avenue residence. (By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer)
Pleasant Valley Elementary School also was affected by the Brunswick water system problems, but the school had a sufficient supply of water from a 10,000-gallon storage tank, Weldon said.
The turbidity level of the water, or the amount of sediment in the water, started to drop dramatically starting at 2 a.m. Wednesday, Weldon said.
The city of Brunswick serves about 2,200 water customers, Weldon said.
Little structural damage
Damage-assessment teams were assembled immediately after the earthquake and deployed to all major Washington County facilities, but no damage was found, county Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.
Minor damage was found at the Clear Spring High School building, which is not county-owned, Kroboth said. Some pre-existing cracks in the walls were enlarged, and a non-load-bearing partition wall was displaced by about 2 or 3 inches, he said.
“A determination was made between the board of education and the building inspectors on the scene that the building was safe and suitable for the opening of school,” Kroboth said.
The Clear Spring water system was also found to have an increase in turbidity, but that cleared up by Wednesday morning, Kroboth said.
The city of Hagerstown reported no injuries or significant property damage as a result of the earthquake.
Mary King, city communications manager, said in a news release Tuesday that the city’s fire department responded to a call for a fallen chimney on West Side Avenue and Washington Street.
City inspectors determined that the earthquake was likely to blame for the chimney collapsing, which was older structure, she said Wednesday.
No utility or public safety disruptions were experienced in the city as a result of the quake.
Staff Writers Heather Keels and Dan Dearth and mobile journalist Caleb Calhoun contributed to this story.