District Digest: Shatters across D.C.
MLK, come another day
Come Saturday afternoon, Hurricane Irene will arrive in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, with storm conditions expected through Sunday. Due to this, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Ceremony originally scheduled for 11am Sunday will be delayed until September or October, according to announcement from the memorial project’s chief executive, Harry E. Johnson, Sr. Johnson explained that the westward movement of Irene was a large factor in the decision, which was made with input from D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and the National Park Service.
If you didn’t feel it, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast this past Tuesday, causing ripples from the Carolinas through D.C. to upper New England. The quake occurred at 1:51pm in Mineral, Virginia and lasted for roughly a minute, with D.C. feeling a small shock shortly after. Cell phone service was shot and buildings were evacuated, yet the first sign of the coming earthquake was given by red ruffed lemurs and other animals from the National Zoo. The lemurs began “alarm calling” about 15 minutes before the quake hit, an orangutan gave a holler ten seconds before, flamingos huddled together, and ducks dashed for safety. After the quake, cracks were found in the Washington Monument, including one about four feet long.
Work in progress
One of the Metro’s busiest stations, Farragut North, will be undergoing a major revamping: the station will be gaining new protection for its water and sewer lines. The project is estimated to cost about $3 million and should be done by the end of the summer.