D.C. Public Schools Closed Today For Inspections After Earthquake | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Public Schools Closed Today For Inspections After Earthquake

Play associated audio
D.C. Public Schools decided to close all schools early this morning in order to allow for a comprehensive structural inspection after Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fortinbras/2931835903
D.C. Public Schools decided to close all schools early this morning in order to allow for a comprehensive structural inspection after Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia.

D.C.'s public schools will be closed today as school personnel assess the damage in each of the 126 buildings.

Courtez Cole was at home with his son when he felt the earth move.

"At first I thought it might have been an explosion under the ground but I didn't hear nothing," Cole says. "So my next conclusion was an earthquake. It just came from nowhere. It scared us."

It scared his 7-year-old daughter Courtney as well. Cole cycled to her school and found her and her classmates crying.

"The ground shakes and it shakes us," says Courtney.

Two children -- one at Deal Middle School in Northwest and one at Kelly Miller Middle School in Northeast -- had minor injuries. Students and staff at all DCPS schools will have the day off today, but employees at the central office are expected to be in at their regular start time and custodial staff should be on standby.

Preliminary inspections found several schools had plaster and ceiling tiles fall down after the earthquake yesterday. Structural engineers will continue to inspect schools today.

NPR

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
NPR

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.
WAMU 88.5

Court Approves McDonnell's Request To Remain Free During Appeal

A federal appeals court is approving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.
NPR

Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage

A Facebook statement said the disruption was caused by a technical change it made to the site and wasn't a cyberattack. The outage lasted an hour.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.