For elementary students, along with sixth- and ninth-graders, the first day of school last year was extra memorable because an earthquake rocked the region just before 2 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2011.
Patch reported last year how the earthquake shook Crofton residents out of their homes and into the streets to check on fellow neighbors. Brothers Joseph and Nicholas Telegadas said the earthquake shocked them, but they were not afraid.
Crofton Town Manager Larry Schweinsburg told Patch last year that about a dozen calls came into town hall minutes after the earthquake.
The 5.8-magnitude quake startled both children and adults who weren't sure what was happening, having never experienced anything like it.
Students in Anne Arundel County were reportedly instructed to take cover under their desks during the quake, which happened just before high schools dismissed at 2:05 p.m so high school students were evacuated shortly thereafter and put on the buses.
Do you know what you're supposed to do if an earthquake hits the area again? See more tips at www.dropcoverholdon.org:
- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
Consider participating in the Great Southeast Shake Out, a preparedness drill set for Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. to help people know what to do in the event of an earthquake.
What were you doing last year? Tell us in the comments.