Va. School to Reopen Quake-Damaged Building in Jan.

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    Germanna Community College plans to reopen a building damaged by last year's earthquake in January.

    The magnitude-5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23, 2011, damaged all three stairwells in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the college's Spotsylvania campus. The earthquake also caused a floor-to-ceiling crack in the wall on the ground floor.

    The school completed repairs totaling about $3.5 million in August. It then began renovations that were previously scheduled.

    Germanna spokesman Mike Zitz tells The Free Lance-Star that the building will reopen Jan. 7 when the spring semester begins.

    A new four-level parking deck also will open in January.