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Volunteers help to restock the shelves at Millers Market after the store was damaged by last year's 5.8 earthquake in Mineral, Va. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

East Coast Earthquake Created A ‘New Normal’

When the “Big One” rocked the East Coast one year ago, the earthquake centered on this rural Virginia town cracked ceiling tiles and damaged two local school buildings so badly that they had to be shuttered for good. Now as the academic year gets under way, students are reciting a new safety mantra: Drop, cover, and hold on.