Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Friday declared a state of emergency in response to Tuesday’s earthquake .
The declaration was made after state officials realized that the damage was more serious than first reported, five aftershocks have exacerbated the damage and the potential for high winds from Hurricane Irene threaten to cause even more damage.
The declaration applies to all areas of the state impacted by the earthquake, including Culpeper and Louisa counties.
The state is working with localities to determine whether the damage will meet federal thresholds for public assistance.
A state of emergency is declared so that state resources can be made available to assist localities impacted by major disasters and to decrease time needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.