No FEMA Money for Va. Earthquake Recovery

McDonnell says he'll try again after request turned down

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:21 PM EDT
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The North Anna Power Station has remained closed since last month's 5.8 magnitude earthquake, which caused both of the station's reactors to shut down. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he will try again for federal disaster aid after his request was denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

McDonnell announced on Friday that FEMA was unwilling willing to offer aid for individuals whose property was damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake. The 5.8 magnitude quake caused an estimated $15 million in residential property damage in Virginia. According to McDonnell, most of that damage is not covered by insurance.

McDonnell wasn't the only elected Virginia official to express disappointment with FEMA's decision, as Senator Mark Warner issued a statement saying, "If damage from a once-in-a-generation, 5.8-magnitude earthquake does not qualify for disaster relief, then I don't know what does."

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