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Earthquake Shakes Buildings on Campus


Earthquake Shakes Buildings on Campus

No damage or injuries reported

Ferrum, Va. (August 23, 2011) – An earthquake centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., was clearly felt on the campus of Ferrum College.  Ferrum Police Chief Libby Legg said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage on campus.  Police are continuing to check buildings as a safeguard.

Faculty and staff could be seen outside buildings on campus just after the tremors shook the walls shortly before 2:00 p.m..

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit at 1:51 p.m. and initially said it measured 5.8, but later revised it to 5.9 on the Richter scale of earthquake severity.

“Everyone on campus is safe, and that’s the important thing,” said College President Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, who was in her office when the tremors began.  Braaten gathered staff outside John Wesley Hall, and advised employees not to go back inside for 30 minutes.

The campus emergency alert system including text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and the campus website, was used to notify staff and students that there had been an earthquake and that police were checking for damage or injuries. 

Only a small number of students had returned to campus, as classes do not begin until August 29.

For more information on the quake, click here.