Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Richmond Track Undamaged By Tuesday Quake

Richmond International Speedway President Dennis Bickmeyer told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that his facility suffered no apparent damage in the magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 90 miles south of Washington, DC.

"It shook things up a little, but we're fine," said Bickmeyer. "The walls shook, but we didn't even have pictures falling or anything. We've had people out giving the grounds the once-over this afternoon, and it doesn't appear we suffered any damage at all." Bickmeyer said RIR will hire a structural engineer to examine the facility this week to ensure that its buildings, grandstands and facilities are all safe and secure for NASCAR's regular-season finale on September 10.

Tuesday's earthquake was felt as far south as the Carolinas and north into New England. Phone service, air and train traffic was all disrupted -- at least briefly -- across the region, and the Pentagon, White House and Capitol building were evacuated as a precaution. NBC is reporting that the quake broke a water main inside the Pentagon, flooding parts of two floors. Two nuclear reactors near the epicenter were undamaged, but taken offline as a precaution. Memorials and monuments on the National Mall were also closed. No injuries were reported.

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