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Earthquake-Related School Closings Wednesday



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    Some schools in the area will be closed Wednesday.

    All Prince George's County, Md., schools will be closed Wednesday, News4's Chris Gordon reported. The opening of Spotsylvania County, Va., schools has been delayed from Wednesday to Thursday. And Culpeper County, Va., has announced all of its facilities will be closed Wednesday, as well.

    Also, no classes at D.C. Public Schools or in Virginia's Fauquier County.

    Click here for a complete list of school closings and delays.

    Officials in Prince George's County said 37 schools have sustained some sort of earthquake-related damage. All school buildings are being inspected for damage and stability.

    The officials said Tuesday the damage was still being investigated, but that in addition to the schools, four high-rise apartment buildings have been evacuated because of structural concerns and another building has been condemned.

    The county courthouse in Upper Marlboro has a crack in the wall, while the regional processing center in Hyattsville has water damage.

    All public schools in the District of Columbia were evacuated Tuesday afternoon. Some schools had minor damage and two students had minor injuries.