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Earthquake hits Henrico, Central Virginia

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake centered just west of Henrico County struck today, shaking buildings throughout Henrico and along the East Coast but apparently causing more temporary panic than significant damage.

No injuries were immediately reported, but on Twitter and Facebook, some local residents reported minor damages in residences and office buildings from the quake, which shook between 25 and 30 seconds.

Glen Allen resident Meredith Hertzler described finding five cracks in the drywall at her home.

"Pictures are crooked and some little treasures were displaced off shelves," Hertzler wrote on the Henrico Citizen's Facebook page. "But nothing horrible.... yet."

While most in the region felt significant shaking inside their buildings or homes, a number of residents who were driving or walking at the time of the quake reported that they had not felt anything.

Henrico Police officials encouraged anyone who had reported damage to call (804) 501-7809.

Service at Richmond International Airport was not disrupted as a result of the quake, but the airport's FAA tower was evacuated for several minutes following the quake, according to airport spokesman Troy Bell. The airport was preparing for the possibility that it might receive some diverted flights that originally were scheduled to land in the Washington, D.C. area, but no such flights had been diverted to Richmond as of 3:30 p.m.

At the University of Richmond, where classes began yesterday, officials reported no damage or injuries.

Officials at the Richmond International Airport HCA Virginia reported that all of its hospitals were operating as normal following the quake.

At Richmond International Raceway, which will host its signature NASCAR race Sept. 10, officials reported no visible signs of damage.

In a statement, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said that state officials were working with local, state and federal agencies to determine if the quake had caused any significant damage.

"As part of this effort we are in touch with officials around the state," he said. "All indications are that emergency response plans and orderly evacuations have gone well today, and I thank all involved. In the wake of the earthquake, I would like to encourage all Virginians to check on neighbors and loved ones to ensure that everyone is safe and to continue cooperating with law enforcement and emergency responders working in your neighborhood. All resources of the Commonwealth have been put on alert to assist in any way necessary as we move forward.”

What did you hear or feel during or after the quake? Send us your reports of damage by e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on Twitter @HenricoCitizen.


Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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