FEMA sizing up quake's damage in Va. epicenter

FEMA sizing up quake's damage in Va. epicenter

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A seismograph shows the 4.9-magnitude of the earthquake that occurred Thursday, June 16, 2005, in Yucaipa, Calif. A moderate earthquake shook most of southern California startling people and knocking items off shelves and desks, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2011 at 3:06 PM

LOUISA, Va. (AP) — Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are going door-to-door in Louisa County collecting information on property damage from the magnitude-5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23.

The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/ENg3b ) of Charlottesville reports that FEMA officials have canvassed approximately one-third of the county.

Officials have estimated damage from the quake totals about $80 million to schools and homes.

On Nov. 4, the White House approved federal assistance to Louisa County, the epicenter of the powerful quake. They have already approved $2.7 million in emergency grants.

A Louisa County Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Louisa to assist residents. The center is open Monday through Saturday.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

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