FEMA to give earthquake aid to Virginia residents

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials have approved Gov. Bob McDonnell's request for disaster aid for more localities affected by the Aug. 23 earthquake and more than 50 aftershocks.

McDonnell said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved individual assistance for residents in Culpepper, Fluvanna, Goochland, Orange and Spotsylvania counties and the city of Fredericksburg.

McDonnell says in a news release that FEMA also approved public assistance for Northhampton and Culpeper counties to help local governments recover emergency response and infrastructure damage costs. However, McDonnell's request for individual assistance in Albemarle and King George counties wasn't approved.

Louisa County, the center of the magnitude-5.8 earthquake, already has received approval for individual assistance. Public assistance was approved earlier for Louisa and Spotsylvania counties, and Fredericksburg.