STATEMENT FROM CITY OF PHILADELPHIA REGARDING EARTHQUAKE

Philadelphia, August 23, 2011 – This afternoon Philadelphia experienced the effects of a reported 5.9 earthquake occurring in the Richmond, Virginia area.

At this time only minor building damage has been reported in Philadelphia. All major City of Philadelphia government buildings have been inspected and are re-opening with City employees returning to work.

We are working with the Building Owners and Managers Association to get the following messages to private building owners in Philadelphia:

It is your responsibility as private building owners to assess the condition of your property and ensure its safety.
Talk to your engineers and building managers to ensure that the condition of the property is properly inspected.
If you are concerned about new structural damage to your building call 3-1-1 and the Department of Licenses and Inspections will make a site visit as soon as possible.

There are no reports of any damage to water, gas, roads and bridges. If you see any new infrastructure damage please call 3-1-1.

Citizens who detect gas fumes should call 215-235-1212 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Public transportation is experiencing minor delays so passengers are advised to check http://www.septa.org for the latest travel information. Amtrak is now running at regular speed but with delays of up to one hour.

Philadelphia International Airport was temporarily closed but has now reopened and ready to assist with New York area diversions if necessary.

3-1-1 will be operational until midnight. 9-1-1 is currently experiencing very high call volumes. Please only call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

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