Mayor Vincent C. Gray said there have been no reported injuries following the earthquake “at this time,” and that city officials are inspecting schools, recreation centers, District office buildings and bridges and tunnels.
“We are doing a thorough inspection that will go well into tonight,” Gray said.
All District government employees, except emergency workers, were allowed to go home. Gray said just 30 percent of employees were left by late afternoon. Many left immediately after they were evacuated in the wake of the quake.
Gray said he was in route between the MLK Memorial and the Wilson Building when he felt the earthquake. “What the heck’s wrong with this car?” he asked. The mayor said he then learned of the earthquake after turning on the news on the radio.
The mayor and other city officials held a conference call with media. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said “one of the biggest problems is that traffic was at a virtual standstill going into Virginia at 395.”
She also said traffic was delayed due to debris on the street in the 500 block of 15th Street NW and in the 1400 block of Euclid Street NW.
There was an increase in the number of calls but no increase in the number of calls for serious injuries, according to Paul Quander, deputy mayor for Public Safety.