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Va governor declares state of emergency for earthquake, cites aftershock damage, Irene threat
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ' Virginia Gov. Bob. McDonnell has declared a state of emergency for areas affected by Tuesday's earthquake that shook people from Georgia to Canada.
McDonnell said Friday in a news release that damage from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake appears to be greater than initial reports. He says the damage has been exacerbated by aftershocks.
McDonnell also says damaged structures could be weakened further by high winds from Hurricane Irene, which is approaching the East Coast.
His emergency declaration applies to all areas affected by the earthquake, including Louisa County and Culpeper. The earthquake's epicenter was in Mineral in central Virginia.
McDonnell says the emergency declaration will make state resources available to help local recovery efforts.