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Todd Dills

From a left-coast operator on the Virginia quake

| August 23, 2011

Thought I’d share a brief item related to the 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and felt up and down the East Coast (including in my mother’s office as far South as Rock Hill, S.C.). A west-coaster posted on Truckers News‘ Facebook page a couple reminders of basic advice to haulers worried about potential on-highway delays:

1. “I would just avoid any bridges or tunnels today if practical, or maybe even get some downtime… again, if practical.”

2. “Verizon has notified people out here, in the event of emergency, i.e., large quakes, mountains blowing up, meteor strikes and alien attack, avoid using voice calls to contact people, instead, use text. It uses less bandwidth, can contact more people, and only uses a brief moment to send the message.”

If it weren’t for that commercial driver texting ban in place, eh? Stay safe, everybody. Crossing fingers for no big related on-highway delays out there this afternoon. If you see any, feel free to share with fellow drivers via Overdrive and Truckers News‘ Facebook pages. Or share them in the comments here.

And if you’re traveling in Richmond/D.C. areas, keep an eye on and for an update on any related closures/delays we get word on.

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