August 22, 2012
On the first anniversary of the August earthquake, one Louisa County family is still dealing with its aftermath.
Jean and Lamar Brunson live near the epicenter of the 5.8 magnitude quake in Mineral. In June, they completed a nine month renovation project to fix their home. They still have dust that surfaces from the construction throughout their home.
They are thankful for the money they received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which covered about one fifth of their expenses.
Though they have earthquake insurance now, they didn't a year ago, and footed the rest of the bill themselves.
The couple says since the earthquake their lives have forever been changed.
"It just does something, I think to your soul. It's very difficult," said Jean Brunson.
Mrs. Brunson estimates they lost about 90% of their glassware.
"Some things, like your grandmother's dishes, and things that you can't replace, or somebody gave it to you," she said."It's just unbelievable, the strength of these seconds."
She says she left much glassware packed in boxes for safety. She leaves some glass figurines on their sides in case another aftershock or earthquake breaks them.