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FEMA Denies Earthquake Disaster Aid to Virginia

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied Virginia's request for aid for individuals whose property was damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake. About 1,000...
October 12, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied Virginia's request for aid for individuals whose property was damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake. About 1,000 homes in Louisa County were damaged in the  quake, including a number that are uninhabitable, according to state officials, who estimate the damage at more than $80 million. Yet FEMA has determined that the damage to dwellings "was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the commonwealth, affected local governments and voluntary agencies," the agency's director, W. Craig Fugate, said in a letter to Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell. McDonnell said he's disappointed and will immediately appeal. "If damage from a once-in-a-generation, 5.8 magnitude earthquake does not qualify for federal disaster relief, then I don't know what does," U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), said in a statement.

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