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 …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
A lot of interesting things happened in Hyattsville in 2011. Here are some photos to commemorate some of the major ones. Do you remember them?
Friday, December 30, 2011
2011 has been a busy year for Hyattsville.
This year has been busy for Hyattsville with two city council elections, a hurricane, an earthquake, snowstorms, the opening of shops at EYA's East Village and tragedies that claimed young lives. In Patch land, the top stories of each month are as follows: January—Takoma Park / Langley Park: Capital One Bank Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed February—Anti-Gay Church Set to Protest at Northwestern High School March—Shooting at Mount Rainier CVS April—Fire at Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville May—Gas Prices Falling for Memorial Day June—Hyattsville Woman Identified as Victim in Fatal Motorcycle Crash July—Fatal Stabbing at University Town Center August—Beloved Educator Passes Away after Illness September—Road Services, Activities …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Gazette: Earthquake, hurricane highlight need for better communication between parents and school system.
Parents said communication from the Prince George's County Public School system could have been better following the 5.8-magnitude earthquake Aug. 23 and Hurricane Irene, the Gazette reports. The school system used its Twitter account (@PGCPS), Facebook page and website to get out the word during the emergency situations last week. The Gazette reports that the school system also used its TV station and automated calls. County schools spokesman Briant Coleman told The Gazette and Patch that the patience of parents throughout the irregular schedule of the first week of school was a testament to the community. "Everyone has maintained calm and has been patient and that speaks volumes to the community as a whole," he told Patch. Coleman also …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Toby and I made it through last week's earthquake together. Here's our story.
Last Tuesday was created just for this column—it was a true Tuesday with Toby. (Confession? Not all of my dog columns are about things that my Lab and I do on Tuesdays. However, last week was a pure, distilled form of what this column is all about). Help me out here and think back to what happened last Tuesday (Hint: the ground shook!). It wasn’t my first earthquake, but it was the first time I was in a building that was literally swaying back and forth. Like a dummy, I was standing in front of the large glass windows in my living room. Toby was there too, running circles around my legs. I tried to catch him by the collar and soothe him, but he wasn’t having any of that. When it all stopped, I leashed him, tried to find the cat (to no …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Did your pet behave strangely during Tuesday's quake that jarred Hyattsville?
Some say that animals can sense an earthquake before it hits. According to National Geographic, strange animal behavior has been reported prior to seismic activity since ancient times. But that same source says the United States Geological Survey isn’t so certain. Here are some reports about animal antics during Tuesday’s earthquake from Hyattsville’s wild side. Two Hyattsville hounds barked and whined for 10 minutes before the quake. Another city dog ran circles around his owner’s legs as his home shook. Another canine whined and whimpered from behind his home’s closed front door just moments after the earthquake. Strange behavior or just the call of the wild? Scaredy Cat When Monique Clark came home from work on Tuesday evening, she …
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:
Seismic array shows ground motion of the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake.
This video was produced by IRIS, a consortium of universities supported by the National Science Foundation. It represents data compiled from an array of seismic detectors called USArray. Watch as the seismic waves from the Aug. 23 earthquake sweep across the country, which then jiggles like a bowl of Jell-O. The red color indicates upward motion, blue indicates downward motion. The intensity of the color indicates the amount of movement.
There were no injuries reported in Hyattsville due to the 5.9 magnitude quake or the 2.8 magnitude aftershock.
No major emergencies were reported to Hyattsville police after today’s earthquake, but police and other first responders were out walking beats helping to steady the minds of those evacuated after the shake. Sgt. Chris Purvis was one of them. “[Sgt. Greg] Phillips and I have been on foot at University Town Center checking for structural damage and answering questions like, ‘What do we do now?’” he said. “Seriously, we are just being visible, assisting with P.G. schools early dismissals, etc.” Around the area, life seemed to get back to normal just moments after the quake. Some major structural damage was reported at the Mosaic at Metro apartment complex, including large floor-to-ceiling wall cracks and small concrete chunks crumbled from …