State Of Emergency Declared In Culpeper County, Virginia

8:00 PM, Aug 23, 2011   |    comments
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CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) -- Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 5.9 earthquake hit Virginia. The epicenter was at Mineral, VA. The Town of Culpeper is 36.4 miles from Mineral. Culpeper County officials confirm at 8:05 p.m. the town and county experienced a minor aftershock.

A state of emergency was declared in Culpeper County.  All town office were shut down and public schools in Culpeper will be closed Wednesday. Officials are inspecting buildings for any structural damage.

The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Salem Fire Department for residents.

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Three buildings have been condemned in the Town of Culpeper. The local office of the Virginia Department of Health has confirmed two minor injuries as a result of the earthquake.

The Culpeper Adult Detention Center in downtown Culpeper was evacuated after the earthquake due to perceived structural damage to the building. Eighty inmates were relocated to other regional correctional facilities.

As a precaution, power was cut to 80 businesses and 20 residences in the Town of Culpeper.

Virginia State Police troopers blocked ramps into the Town of Culpeper from U.S. 29 bypass for tractor trailer traffic. Street closures in the Town of Culpeper include East Street, from Spencer Street to Culpeper Street, the 100 and 200 blocks of East Davis Street and Main Street from Culpeper Street to Cameron Street.

As of 7:45 p.m., the following roads are closed in downtown Culpeper:

1) Main Street in downtown Culpeper will be closed between Chandler and Evans Streets.
2) The 100 block of West Davis Street and the 100 and 200 blocks of East Davis Street.
3) East Street from East Culpeper Street to East Spencer Street.
4) Commerce Street

The Culpeper County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday. County buildings are closed Wednesday and non-essential town and county employees do not need to report to work Wednesday. Non-essential personnel with the Sheriff's Office do not need to report to work. The Town Hall and the Depot in the Town of Culpeper will be closed Wednesday.

Public schools in Culpeper will be closed on Wednesday as a precautionary measure for officials to inspect buildings for any structural damage.

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