Earthquake surprises Stafford High School
According to the United States Geological Survey, Virginia and the East Coast had a 6.0 magnitude earthquake this afternoon.
“It sounded like the air conditioner came on but it got louder and louder,” senior Codie Hammond said. “Everyone bolted out of the building.”
The epicenter was in Mineral, Va and originally measured 5.8, later updated to 6.0. The quake was felt from Boston to New York City to as far south as North Carolina.
Mike Preston’s daughter checked with him to make sure everything was OK. She is in Chicago and felt the tremor there.
Damage to the building was very limited to some lights being out and things falling off the walls or bookcases, according to Chris Caldwell, building engineer.
Focus teacher Helga Purnell said her car seemed to weave across the highway like in aqua planing.
“I appreciate that everyone reacted quickly and responsibly,” principal Joe Lewis said. After checking the building, everyone was allowed to return for their things or continue work.
Practices and a scheduled field hockey game went on as planned.