Baltimore officials are assessing bridges, city buildings and vulnerable vacant housing after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the city.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake activated the city’s Emergency Operations Center Tuesday afternoon and says officials will remain vigilant for aftershocks or any issues related to the earthquake, which was centered in Virginia. She asked residents to remain calm.
Nonessential city employees are authorized to leave work early.
Immediately after the quake, many people fled downtown high-rises and stood on sidewalks and open spaces in the city. Fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright says there were widespread evacuations throughout the city. He says there have been reports of bricks falling from buildings and cracks in buildings, but no building collapses.