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Opening of new school marks Louisa County system's recovery from 2011 earthquake

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MINERAL, Virginia — Louisa County school officials say a new school's opening marks the system's recovery from a 2011 earthquake.

Media outlets report that the new Louisa County High School was dedicated on Sunday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The school replaces one that was destroyed by the magnitude-5.8 earthquake.

The earthquake also destroyed Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and damaged the county's other four schools. A new Thomas Jefferson Elementary School opened in August 2014 and the damaged schools were repaired.

Superintendent Deborah Pettit says the school system now has only one mission: educating children.

The earthquake was centered near Mineral and was felt from Georgia to Canada. Nearly 1,000 homes in Louisa County were damaged.

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