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What's Closed And What's Open After Yesterday's Earthquake

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Several buildings in D.C. sustained minor damage after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the East Coast Aug. 23. School officials are still assessing damage in some Prince George's County schools.
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Several buildings in D.C. sustained minor damage after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the East Coast Aug. 23. School officials are still assessing damage in some Prince George's County schools.

Things are mostly back to normal in the D.C. area today, after yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, although some agencies are still seeing the effects. D.C. Public Schools are closed, as are Prince George's County Schools in Maryland and Fauquier County Schools and Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia.

Some D.C. public charter schools are closed; check NBC Washington for individual charter school closures.

In Fairfax County, Bull Run Elementary School is closed.

Federal agencies are open, although the government had closed several buildings earlier today. All buildings were cleared for occupancy by 11 a.m. The federal government made unscheduled leave and unscheduled telework available to employees.

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The D.C. public libraries are opening on schedule, according to a spokesperson. The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will reopen after yesterday's closure, although the Smithsonian Castle remains closed after sustaining some minor damage in the Earthquake.

Most of the monuments around the National Mall -- including the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial -- reopened today. The Washington Monument, however, is closed until further notice after some cracks were discoverednear the top of the monument.

The National Cathedral is also closed after the earthquake caused some minor damage to the central tower.

Metro is open and operating as normal, and commuter rail services are all open this morning. In Maryland, MARC train is still experiencing some delays on the Brunswick and Camden lines, however, due to crews exceeding hours after yesterday's earthquake.

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