Washington Monument, April 10
Washington Monument, April 10

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A year after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that gave most of us something to talk about that weekend and the city’s monument workers an enormous headache, Washingtonians can take solace in one thing: We’re No. 1!

Last year’s earthquake was the largest quake to ever hit the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, according to U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt, and was felt by more people than any other East Coast earthquake.

“This earthquake took aim, and Washington, D.C. was in its path,” McNutt said at a press conference by the Washington Monument, which is still being repaired from damage caused by the temblor.

Despite the attention garnered by the earthquake, McNutt said many in the area still don’t know how to respond when an earthquake hits. In an attempt to teach District residents what to do when their homes or offices start shaking, the District’s government is participating in an earthquake drill called the Great SouthEast ShakeOut on Oct. 18. Officials hope the event will also help prepare the city’s revolving tourist population, which, good luck with that.

According to D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency director Christopher Geldart, Mayor Vince Gray himself will be dropping, covering, and holding on, per earthquake protocol, during the ShakeOut.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery