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Two Louisa schools evacuated following aftershock

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Two Louisa schools were evacuated following the the 3.0 earthquake  felt in Louisa County Wednesday.

The aftershock happened at 12:40 p.m. about 6 miles southwest of Mineral. The initial report from the USGS stated the quake as a preliminary 2.6, but it was upgraded to a 3.0 a short while later.

You can still see the physical scars remain from that massive earthquake nearly two months ago. People are just hoping to get their lives back to normal. But, you know, that's really hard to do with all of these aftershocks.

The parents were picking up their kids from school today -- after yet another aftershock rattles the nerves of many.

"This one was pretty intense. It shook a few things in the house," said Travis Worrell. 

But that's a feeling many are getting used to. This is actually the 41 time the ground has rumbled since the massive quake in August.

"It's been going on for a while now. Everyone is just wondering when it's going to be over," says Travis.  

That is the question on the minds of many. But we're told the shaking could keep on coming -- unannounced -- for several months after the first quake.

"You never know when it's going to happen and you worry about when you go back home, are things going to be all over the floor," added Shema Vontye.

An unsettling reality these days and it's changing things at the county schools -- where aftershock drills are the new fire drills.

Today, for the high schoolers using the middle school for classes -- that drill was put into action.

"It was nerve-racking that it was happening. We just sort of stood there and just froze," said student Kelsi Critzer. 

Students were evacuated at the middle school and Moss-Nuckols Elementary School. Only small cracks were found at the middle school. But no major problems were found.

After about 10 minutes the kids went back to the classroom.

There is a bit of good news here for people in Louisa. The temporary high school trailers to be used as classrooms will be arriving in Louisa County within the next few weeks and the hope is to have two schools up and running again by February of next year.

There is a fundraiser set up for Friday to help the community and schools in Louisa. That is happening from 6 p.m. until midnight on the 14th at the Louisa County Middle School Athletic Fields. There will be live music, food, games, fun and more.

For more information, go to www.earthquake.usgs.gov.

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