UPDATE — Grayson County residents experienced a bit of shock on Tuesday morning as a small earthquake shook parts of the area.
The earthquake happened around 5:25 a.m. and started at a magnitude of 2.4 and was upgraded to a 2.6 magnitude.
“I heard everything start rattling in the house and then the whole house started shaking. I jumped up out of bed and ran outside thinking there was an explosion because there was a big boom,” said Janet Mullins, resident.
“I was sleeping, and then it was a loud noise and a shake of the house,” said resident Mary Hicks.
Grayson County Public School officials closed school for the day for damage assessment.
School officials were hoping to avoid a repeat of 2020 when a 5.1 magnitude quake damaged the school gym. Superintendent Kelly Wilmore says there may have been some threat to their newly renovated tennis courts.
“We just had our tennis courts redone this summer and it looks like there’s a few cracks in those. We’ve got a tennis court guy coming to look at those,” Wilmore said.
“We were hoping these were over about a year and a half ago but we’ll sit back and see if we have any aftershocks and if there’s any problems we’ll deal with it,” Wilmore added.
He says classes will begin at their normal time starting on Wednesday.
UPDATE 11:07 a.m. — Division superintendent for Grayson County Public Schools Kelly Wilmore says there is no evidence of the damage so far, and that the assessment looked at areas damaged from the 2020 earthquake as well.
Wilmore says the assessment had to wait until lighter hours, and that is why Grayson County Public Schools were closed today.
The superintendent says the Building Official for Grayson County Chris Davis is being asked to look at Independence Elm to double-check an area of concern.
She says if all is cleared, all Grayson County schools should be open tomorrow.
INDEPENDENCE, Va. (WFXR) — Did you feel it? A 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Grayson County early Tuesday morning.
Around 5:25 a.m., a minor earthquake occurred about 11 miles east-southeast of Independence, Va. Currently, no damage or injuries have been reported.
According to the division superintendent for Grayson County Public Schools Kelly Wilmore, Grayson County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, October 25 to access earthquake damages.
Usually, earthquakes of this magnitude are rarely felt by people. However, the epicenter of the quake occurred close to the surface.
The Grayson County earthquake occurred about eight miles away from where a 5.1-magnitude earthquake took place near Sparta, N.C. in August 2020.
The 2020 quake was felt in nearby states including Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Grayson County Public School’s Fall 2020 semester start date was delayed by one week following the earthquake.